Today’s work in offices and laboratories is mainly done in two positions, either sitting or standing. After a long day of work, some feel a pain or stiffness in the lower back, neck, or shoulders. Some also complain about headaches and pain in the arm, wrist, and hand. Long working hours and repeated pipetting strains the arm and hand muscles. Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is a common result of this overuse among pipette users.
Most of us do not give pain too much attention when we are young. Usually, the pain disappears overnight and we resume pipetting as much as before and in the same position. But after years of work, the pain shows more often and more intensely; sometimes it does not disappear anymore with easy stretching and exercise. This injury can become chronic and lead to reduced power in the arm, making you unable to pipette long periods with a mechanical pipette. Medical treatments, physical therapist sessions, surgeries, or, in the worst case, inability to work are the consequences.
We can and should prevent body issues by considering our standing and seating position during daily work. If you want to see a proper seating position and how to arrange your worktable, watch our video on proper pipetting posture.