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Proper Pipetting Posture Prevents Muscle Strain During Work
Everyday work in a laboratory puts high demands on our bodies. Air-conditioned rooms, heavy equipment, and long series of repetitive movements strain different muscle groups. These burdens can lead to stiffness or pain in multiple parts of the body. Some of these can be relieved in the early state, but some expand and bury a risk of becoming chronic, like repetitive strain injury (RSI). This painful injury of the arm, wrist, and hand is widespread among pipette users, but could be prevented by the correct seating or standing position during work.
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.