1. Ergo News: Must-have adjustments for the home office chair

    In many cases home office seating consists of a kitchen chair, a folding chair, or worse yet, the sofa or other living room chairs. No matter where you work, whether in the office or at home, make sure your chair adjusts properly. Some must-have chair features/adjustments: Chair height that adjusts between 16 and 21 inches […]

  2. Ditch the ill-fitting bags and shoes

    To avoid joint and muscle strain the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons recommends the following: Handbags/backpacks: Pack lightly and carry only what is needed for the day. Keep heavier items low and toward the center of the bag. The bag should weigh no more than 10 percent of your body weight. Choose a backpack with […]

  3. Your Eyes Need a Break

    Try these simple exercises to energize tired eyes after hours of looking a computer screens.   Think to Blink Step 1.             Blinks slowly… feel eyelids touching lower lids. Repeat 5 times Step 2.             Blink lightly and quickly 10 times. End with a relaxing temple massage.   Refocus Your Eyes Step 1.             Focus on the […]

  4. Conventional Ergonomic Wisdom vs. Current Ergonomics

    Here are examples of conventional ergonomic wisdom being disproven. Most involve a relaxing of the previous “strict” rules. Current ergonomics encourage variety and movement rather than an exact posture. Conventional vs Current Monitor Distance 18-24 inches away As far away as possible while still being able to read clearly. Greater distances relax the eyes. Keyboard […]

  5. The Best Ergonomic Keyboard

    A well-engineered computer keyboard incorporates ergonomics function with a design to: 1.  Minimize awkward postures, 2.  Minimize unnecessary force, and 3.  Reduce unnecessary repetition. Keyboard use tips: Align the keyboard with the forearm (adjust tilt legs), and use a “wrist rest” where appropriate to reduce wrist extension or bending back (better termed as a palm […]

  6. Forearms, Wrists, and Hands

    Cumulative trauma disorders (CTDs) result from the mounting effects of performing a task again and again in an awkward position and are among the fastest growing workplace injuries. CTDs account for 60 percent of occupational illnesses. Of these, carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the most frequently reported. Therefore for optimum comfort and to ward off […]

  7. Comfort at the Keyboard

    If your work day is about rapid motion on a keyboard, then correct posture, and proper wrist and hand position are key to your ongoing comfort. Finding and maintaining that comfort zone at the computer will unstress your muscles keeping them flexible so the wrists, hands and back aren’t over worked. Use Correct Posture: Posture […]

  8. The Adjustable Workstation

    One size does NOT fit all in an office workstation. Adjustability is key to a computer workstation; chairs, work surfaces, monitor stands, etc., should all be adjustable in order to accommodate the widest range of employees. Although employers may be reluctant to pay for ergonomic office equipment, experts insist the equipment is a wise investment. […]

  9. Be Backpack Savvy

    Back to school brings out the backpacks in varying sizes, colors and styles. If you or your child is using a backpack keep in mind the weight of the backpack and its contents should be no more than 10% of the wearer’s body weight. Previous studies recommended 15%. However that percentage has been lowered due […]

  10. Let’s Make that Desk Chair Comfortable

    People are all different sizes. And therefore should adjust their chair to fit them. Here are some adjustment options for making your current chair more comfortable as well as design factors to consider if selecting a new chair: Armrests: provide additional upper extremity and back support when in use. A chair with padded arms that […]