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What’s New in Dealing with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

It’s All in the Wrists

In some sports, it’s all in the wrists – and typing on a keyboard and using a mouse are no different. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is fast becoming one of the most common injuries in the workplace settings as a result of poor ergonomics and biomechanics. Ergonomics is how your work environment is set up and how that can affect your body posture. Biomechanics is how your muscles, bones, tendons and ligaments work together to produce movement. Often these movements consist of repetitive motion, doing a task over and over with misaligned posture. Have you ever noticed how hard you are pressing on the computer keys and holding your hand in awkward positions for 8 hours a day? Poor working postures are going to have an affect over time. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor reports that CTS affects almost five million Americans and is the cause of approximately 50% of health claims and lost productivity.

Anatomy of the Wrist

To understand what CTS is and how to treat it, it’s helpful to understand the anatomy of the wrist. Between the forearm and hand, eight carpus bones form a curved tunnel-like structure, referred to as the wrist. Moving through this tunnel are a number of arteries, nine tendons, and the median nerve.

When misalignment of the wrist and carpal bones cause irritation or there is compression to the median nerve, CTS may occur. Many factors can add to the nerve compression, including constant flexion and extension of the wrist resulting in inflammation. Because the median nerve controls sensation and nerve function to the thumb and first three fingers of the hand, there are recognizable symptoms that begin to happen.

CTS Symptoms

Those who experience CTS report feelings such as burning, tingling, pins and needles, pain in the wrist radiating up the arm, and weakness in the thumb and first three fingers. In extreme cases, the constant wrist pain and muscle atrophy can lead to loss of grip strength, resulting in people dropping things.

Latest Innovations in Preventing Carpal Tunnel: A Floating Mouse

If a mouse that floats in mid-air sounds like a page from the farfetched future, think again! One of the latest innovations in preventing carpal tunnel syndrome is the soon-to-be-launched BAT kirbadin design bat mousemouse, a Kirbardin design. The BAT mouse literally suspends in midair and is reported to eliminate awkward mousing postures. Since this possible CTS miracle worker is still in development, let’s look at simple steps you can make TODAY that will bring relief.

A big contributing factor is the mouse and how it’s being used. The repetitive motion of the mouse, mouse placement, your hand posture when using the mouse and prior injuries all play a part in this. Simple solutions include increasing your mouse speed under the computer system preferences. This will minimize wrist movement. Place the mouse right next to your keyboard and take the time to learn the short cut keys for the programs you’re using to reduce repetitive movement.

Other ways to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome include taking regular and periodic breaks so that your hands and wrists are not overly fatigued, learning about proper postural alignment, and practicing exercises which strengthen the forearm, neck, shoulder and back muscles. Regular stretching, proper sleep and diet, and stress reduction are also recommended as part of the protocol.

Treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Fortunately, there are a variety of treatments for alleviating CTS symptoms, including:

  • Ergonomic evaluation to position body in neutral postures

  • Ergonomic education to learn healthy posture habits.

  • Massage sessions which loosen/relax the forearm

  • Stretches to relax the forearm muscles

  • Ice to reduce inflammation of the area

  • Heat to ease muscle tension in the area

  • Acupuncture

  • Yoga

  • Anti-inflammatory meds to reduce swelling and nerve irritation in the tunnel

  • Arm splints which reposition the wrist

  • Physiotherapy (to strengthen weak regions supporting the wrist)

  • Chiropractic

  • Naturopathy

  • Vitamin B6 Supplements

  • Corticosteroids

  • Surgery (also requires changing current posture and biomechanical habits)

CTS Advice

Keep in mind that repetitive stress injuries occur when muscles, nerves, and tendons are placed under stress OVER TIME. That is, while the strains may at first seem mild or inconsequential, they eventually give way to wear and tear which damages the soft tissues of the body. Since awareness is the key to prevention, learn all you can about proper hand and wrist ergonomics and decrease your risk for this type of injury.

Author Byline

Karen Burke is the President and Founder of Kare Products. Karen has over 30 years of expertise creating ergonomic furniture that helps avoid injury and promotes health for all types of discomfort and body sizes.

Pain Free Trail Biking With Ergonomics

Cycling Benefits

The health benefits of cycling are well known: Riding a bicycle provides a great cardiovascular workout, builds muscles in the legs, quads, hips and core, increases spinal stabilization, and is a fun outdoors activity for people of all ages. Furthermore, whether you enjoy mountain biking, city biking, or sports cycling, new technological innovations have made cycling faster and more efficient with the introduction of electronic gears, intelligent shocks, carbon frames, and more.

Cycling and Poor Ergonomics

And yet, despite these impressive advancements, studies indicate that over 80% of bike riders complain of aches and pains. The cause: incorrect ergonomics and the wear and tear resulting from a constricted range of motion. Not only does overuse of certain muscle groups lead to stiffness, pain and injury, but poor ergonomics leads to a waste in energy, speed, and efficiency.

Causes of Cycling Back Pain

  • For many riders, cycling is associated with back pain. According to the experts, bike riding back pain can be caused by:
  • Poor cycling posture
  • Poor bike fit
  • Lack of flexibility
  • Taut hamstrings
  • Rough terrains (which jar and compress the spine)
  • Weak core muscle strength
  • Leg length discrepancies
  • Musculoskeletal conditions (i.e. spinal misalignment)

Good Cycling Ergonomics

When it comes to good cycling ergonomics, the first rule of thumb is: Use as many muscle groups as possible, never sticking to a single posture. Furthermore, actively change contact points with your bike to relieve pressure on three key body parts: your hands, feet, and buttocks, which can become stressed, fatigued, and injured when muscles adopt a rigid posture.

For example, as you ride, lift your buttocks off the seat occasionally, or deliberately vary the position of your grip on the handlebars. Similarly, if you begin to feel strain in certain body parts after riding for a long time, learn to adjust your bike to support these areas, i.e. by raising/lowering your seat, raising the handlebars, shaking your hands out one at a time, etc. Practice pedaling smoothly and rhythmically by taking full advantage of your bike’s gear-shifting options. Finally, take periodic breaks by getting off your bike and walking a few meters, giving your body parts a chance to relax.

Mountain or Trail Biking

Keep in mind that different bikes are made for varying types of cycling, each of which puts a different strain on the body. In particular, mountain or off-road cycling takes a heavy toll on the hands and wrists and therefore may not be suitable for anyone suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome. Similarly, the muscles of the back, neck and shoulders must share the load to support this active riding style, while the entire body needs to be conditioned to transmit power to the pedals while riding long distances. The key is use an ‘ergonomic eye’ while carefully choosing your bike.

Ergo Innovations in Bicycles

Since the bicycle you choose will affect your entire body and your comfort level throughout your cycling experience, it pays to invest in ergo products designed to offer you the ride of a lifetime.

  • Bike Seat: Listen to your body when choosing a bike seat, keeping in mind that wide, padded, s shaped seatcomfortable seats will prevent sore and tender rumps on and off the road. For proper ergonomic seating, the seat-to-handlebar position should angle your pelvis such that your spine takes on an “S” shape with a slight natural hollow, as opposed to a rounded back with a less resilient spine
  • Handlebars: Select a multi-position handlebar which features curved ends (‘cow horns’) and ergo handle barwhich allows you to ergonomically change hand positions and tension levels. For different grips you can also add ‘bar ends’ to normal handlebars, or add ‘adjustable bar ends’ to curved handlebars, a cutting-edge innovation featuring a ball-and-socket joint which allows you to customize the position. Furthermore, keep in mind that the position of the handlebars is what determines your posture as you ride, so choose a handlebar height and angle which is right for you
  • Backpacks: New cutting-edge designs in cycling backpacks feature carrying straps which are separated from the backpack itself by an integrated ball joint. This highly engineered product allows for unrestricted torso mobility and ensure that backpacks stay in place regardless of how rough the terrain is or how vigorously you are riding. Moreover, the packs and carrying systems are fully customizable to suit different body shapes and sizes. Consider getting one that has good ventilation

More Tips on Preventing Cycling Back Pain

  • Have a professional adjust your bicycle to properly fit your body
  • Invest in bike accessories such as gloves, shock absorbers on the wheels, and shock-absorbing seats and handlebar covers
  • To further prevent injury, add yoga and back-strengthening exercises to your cycling routine

Enjoy this great Ergo Trail Bike Video by Ergon Promoting Their Grips

Author Byline

Karen Burke is the President and Founder of Kare Products. Karen has over 30 years of expertise creating ergonomic furniture that helps avoid injury and promotes health for all types of discomfort and body sizes.

Is Your Organization Running Smoothly?

In order for a company to function at optimum standards, all departments and employees must be on the same page. In other words, there has to be synergy in the organization. The saying “a chain is only as strong as its weakest link” is extremely applicable to both small businesses and large corporations. Synergy can greatly improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the entire organization.

However, organizations do not come together automatically or through some stroke of luck. Harmonious effort must be put into action in order to achieve optimal levels of work performance and for the organization to flow smoothly. The effort must be made at all levels of the organization from top level management to lower level employees. Without this cohesiveness, the chances of a company succeeding in the long term are lowered.

Setting S.M.A.R.T Goals

The foundation of any organization is goal setting. Without setting goals, employees will have no idea about what they’re working towards and will have no motivation to increase productivity. Goal setting is a broad and in-depth topic, but there is a basic management strategy that helps organizations set goals effectively. The principal is that companies should set S.M.A.R.T goals:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Realistic
  • Timely

Monitoring the progress of these S.M.A.R.T goals will help companies get an idea of how well different departments are working together and coordinating with each other.


Establish Strong Leadership

Without effective and strong leadership, a company cannot function smoothly. A good leader is one that has excellent management skills, complete knowledge of the company, and can create and execute plans. Most importantly, the leader has to be respected and trusted by employees.

If there is a poor leader or no leader in place, employees will have no sense of direction. When issues arise, a leader has to know exactly how to solve it in a manner the best benefits the company.

Self-Assessment

Monitoring progress is another key element of smooth running organization. It is much easier and cost effective to perform routine maintenance on a vehicle rather than waiting until something breaks to address it. The same concept applies to organizations.

Self-assessments allow for routine monitoring of:

  • Individual performance
  • Departmental performance
  • Company performance

Self-assessments involve evaluating the individual, department, and the company on certain criteria that is decided based upon the company’s goals and objectives. The S.M.A.R.T goals mentioned earlier will come in handy when self-assessing. Goals should be set for individual employees, each department, and the company as a whole. Then progress towards these goals is analyzed in the self-assessment.

The frequency in which self-assessments are performed will vary with different companies. Some prefer to analyze quarterly, yearly, or even monthly. On an individual basis, each employee should constantly be working to assess themselves. For departmental and company performance, it’s typically best to self-assess quarterly so that comparisons can be made and trends can be established.

Set up the proper environment

Organizations have to create the type of working environment that encourages team work and interrelated activities. This allows different departments to see what other departments do and how they are related. The better understanding each employee has of what another employee does, the smoother the company will function.

Make it easy for employees to work together by setting up an intranet or using project management software that allows for collaborations. A smooth running organization is all about teamwork and coordination. When all the pieces come together and create synergy, the results can be amazing.

 

Author Byline

Karen Burke is the President and Founder of Kare Products. Karen has over 30 years of expertise creating ergonomic furniture that helps avoid injury and promotes health for all types of discomfort and body sizes.

Employee Performance Appraisal Techniques

To improve employee performance and achieve corporate excellence, best practices include the conduction of regular employee performance appraisals. Whether done annually, quarterly, or every six months, performance appraisals indicate the job performance level of each employee, help improve organizational performance, and determine the overall capabilities of an organization in meeting their goals. From the employee’s perspective, performance appraisals provide vital feedback in a clear and formal manner, determining his/her strengths, weaknesses and accomplishments.

The Importance of Proper Performance Appraisal Tools

Employee performance appraisals should be clearly documented using a set of appropriate appraisal tools which record objectives, accomplishments, scores or ratings, comments and recommendations for the future. In some companies, these same tools serve as incentives or form the basis for promotions, special rewards, and recognition.

To determine if your employees are successfully fulfilling their duties or whether they need to be terminated or reassigned, it’s important to have good measurement techniques in a process which is carried out in a fair and unbiased manner. Common appraisal tools and techniques include:

  • A scoring system based on preset descriptions of performance expectations in specific jobs
  • Internal audits and quality control indicators
  • Production unit accounting
  • Ratings of ‘satisfactory,’ ‘not satisfactory,’ or ‘needs improvement’
  • Company specific performance appraisal ratings


Employee Appraisals Improve Business Profitability

The bottom line is that more effective employee appraisals lead to increased business profitability. To ensure your organizational success and to empower your employees with the information they need to perform their jobs, follow these expert tips on employee appraisal techniques and strategies:

  • Clearly communicate goals and performance expectations
  • Keep employees updated regarding company policies and procedures, projects on the horizon, and long-term forecasts
  • Empower your employees to suggest ideas and offer their insights without the fear of criticism (i.e. directly or via a suggestion box)
  • Encourage open communication in team meetings
  • Build employee confidence and empower a feeling of self-worth by practicing effective listening and learning what’s important to your employees to help them do their job
  • Provide employee training and development, ensuring that your employees have access to the most updated information on best practices and cutting-edge technologies in your industry
  • Provide incentives for employees to push themselves to even better performances
  • Take advantage of online learning and digital communication systems to allow for the sharing of materials and trackable learning at any time and from anywhere


Giving Employees a Voice

Tweak your employee management strategies and performance appraisal techniques by giving your employees a voice regarding how they are evaluated, trained, and coached. Not only will this increase individual motivation and morale, but it will prove profitable for your company in the long run. In fact, combining top-down employee assessments with input from those being evaluated is a sure-fire method for organizational and business success.

Here are some ways to allow your employees to weigh in:

  • Use a 360° review process wherein both managers and employees have a voice in the appraisal process
  • Allow or require employees to fill out self-assessment and self-evaluation forms which are seriously considered in the review process
  • Have employees keep a personal performance diary where they can record accomplishments, special achievements, feedback given, and challenges they need to overcome; these journals can then be used as additional tool during employee evaluation meetings
  • Replace once-a-year, disconnected employee reviews with a collaborative system that takes place year-round and that includes goal management, feedback, and coaching

Improve your employee management and appraisal strategies and enjoy watching your company become a strong competitor and formidable force in your industry.

 

Author Byline

Karen Burke is the President and Founder of Kare Products. Karen has over 30 years of expertise creating ergonomic furniture that helps avoid injury and promotes health for all types of discomfort and body sizes.

What’s New in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Research

Breaking news for anyone suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome: From new video technology to acupuncture treatments, non-invasive surgery, and cold laser therapy, medical breakthroughs in the treatment and cure of carpal tunnel syndrome are on the rise. Furthermore, at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), as well as the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disorders (NIAMS), research is currently underway to study the factors that contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome (including brain changes and biochemical stresses) and to explore therapies and alternative treatments to treat the painful orthopedic condition.

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Anyway?

So what exactly is carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)? The carpal tunnel itself is a narrow passageway of ligament and bones at the base of the hand where the median nerve and tendons are located. When swelling or irritation of the tendons occurs (i.e. from repetitive movements or awkward positioning), the tunnel narrows, compressing the median nerve and giving rise to pain or numbness which begins in the hand and wrist and radiates to the arm.

Typically, CTS manifests in an aching hand, wrist, or forearm and can progress to weakness in the hands, piercing pain through the wrist and up the arm, and tingling and numbness in the hands and fingers. Left untreated, CTS can cause decreased grip strength and the inability to grasp small objects, make a fist, and perform manual tasks. In chronic cases, affected individuals may be unable to differentiate hot and cold via touch and the muscles at the base of the thumb may waste away.

 

Who Can Get Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

While data-entry personnel and office workers are popularly believed to be at the greatest risk for developing CTS, the syndrome is not confined to a single industry and is in fact three times more common among assembly line workers. Other people commonly affected by CTS include those who work in cleaning, sewing, finishing, and meat/poultry/fish packing.

Traditional Treatments

Early treatment of CTS is essential to prevent long-term damage and a chronic condition. The following treatments are known to be effective in alleviating pain and swelling and in reducing pressure on the median nerve:

  • Anti-inflammatory drugs (i.e. aspirin, ibuprofen, and other pain relievers); research also indicates that vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) supplements may ease symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Chiropractor manipulations
  • Splints to immobilize the wrist and prevent further damage
  • Ice packs to reduce swelling
  • Wristaleve (an adjustable strap worn around the wrist, designed to treat CTS by lifting the roof of the carpal tunnel to relieve the compression of the nerves and tendons)
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises (once symptoms have abated)
  • Reconstructive therapy
  • Surgical treatments, including open release surgery (performed under local anesthesia as an outpatient) and endoscopic carpal tunnel release (ECTR) surgery, allowing for faster functional recovery, reduced postoperative pain, less scar tissue, and a better cosmetic result

New in Carpal Tunnel Research
Yoga and Acupuncture: Alternative therapies such as yoga and acupuncture have been shown to benefit patients suffering from CTS. Yoga reduces pain and improves grip strength, while a 2012 study published in the Journal of Research in Medical Sciences determined that acupuncture is effective in relieving the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. Similarly, a 2006 research study published in the Journal of the International Association for the Study of Pain used MRI technology to measure the effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of CTS and discovered a brain pathway via which acupuncture achieves its therapeutic results. The researchers concluded that acupuncture benefits carpal tunnel and chronic pain sufferers “through a coordinated limbic network including the hypothalamus and amygdale.”

Video Technology: In other breakthrough news, researchers at the University of Wisconsin are experimenting with video technology to record and analyze workers’ upper body movements in an effort to discover a cure for carpal tunnel syndrome. The research combines human perception with video technology to observe workers’ hands at work and to calculate how repetitive a given task is and whether it is considered safe or prone to injuries. The use of video technology is considered an improvement upon previous, more invasive movement recording methods which required sensors being attached to workers, causing them to move unnaturally and making the research less accurate. Ultimately, the researchers hope to design a tool that companies all over the world can use to help prevent workplace injuries and specifically to determine the likelihood of a worker getting CTS.

 

Author Byline

Karen Burke is the President and Founder of Kare Products. Karen has over 30 years of expertise creating ergonomic furniture that help avoid injury and promotes health for all types of discomfort and body sizes.

Orthopedic Chairs: Good for Your Back, Good for Your Business

If you suffer from chronic back pain and have shelled out thousands of dollars on ineffectual treatments, therapies, and equipment, you are not alone. Back pain is the number one ailment amongst working adults today, with the number of children presenting with back problems on the rise. In the majority of cases, the culprits are poor sitting posture, awkward body positioning, lack of good lumbar support, and prolonged sitting in front of a screen or behind a desk.

Orthopedic Chairs: A New Generation of Ergonomic Seating

The good news is that a new generation of ergonomic seating has been born: orthopedic office chairs. Created with the purpose of correcting your posture and keeping your body properly aligned, orthopedic chairs prevent pain to the back, neck and shoulders, keeping your back strong and healthy. State-of-the-art designs reduce stress on the joints and muscles, create balance between your weight and your body’s movement, and maintain pressure at the base of the spine where your back needs it the most. Finally, orthopedic chairs feature a slew of adjustable mechanisms which can be customized to suit the physique of each user.

What is Orthopedics, Anyway?

Orthopedics is the field of medicine which diagnoses and treats conditions, injuries, and disorders of the skeletal system, including your muscles, joints, and ligaments. Some of the common conditions treated by orthopedic doctors are back pain, foot and leg pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and sports injuries.

Orthopedic Office Chair Characteristics

So what sets orthopedic chairs for computer work apart from other chairs, making them a cut above the rest? Here are some the common characteristics of orthopedic office equipment:

  • Improved lumbar support
  • Adjustable mechanisms to provide maximum comfort and to accommodate all shapes and sizes (including people with mobility issues and/or disabilities)
  • Pneumatic height feature, i.e. raising and lowering chairs to allow for customized seating
  • Sloping and multi-tilt options, allowing for back-friendly posture changes while sitting
  • Massage and/or rocking movements for huge benefits in back health

Orthopedic Breakthrough Designs

In today’s intense workplace settings, the health of your back depends on a proper chair that 707SSHHR Mesh Office Chair MDprovides you with the support and comfort you need all day long. Recognizing that not every chair is right for every person, breakthrough technology has given rise to innovative orthopedic office chair designs, featuring strong, flexible seating and ergonomic solutions.

Making furniture that fits the worker (and not the other way around), here are some of the products which have evolved.

 

  • Adjustable Chairs: By lowering the angle of the lower body, the spine is kept in natural alignment over the pelvis with the upper body in a natural position
  • Mesh Task Chairs: Breathable, mesh back conforms to natural curvature of the spine, providing essential lumbar support and keeping users cool and comforted even on hot summer days
  • ‘Smart’ Swing Chairs: These chairs automatically move as you move, providing full lumbar support and helping you maintain good posture throughout the day; features a seat and backrest which swing from a pivot point, matching the body’s center of gravity and rotating in concert with each user; facilitate small, hardly perceptible swinging motions to full incline position changes with immense health benefits to the back and body
  • Big/Tall Orthopedic Chairs: Suitable for heights of up to 6 feet, 2 inches and weight-rated for up to 550lbs
  • Massage Chairs: Intelligent massage robot provides full-body stretching massage function, including upper body (shoulder, neck, back and lumbar) and lower body (buttocks, thighs, calves and feet); comes complete with LCD display, remote control, and MP3 player
  • Multi-Tilt Task Chair: Features a high back, multi-position tilt locking mechanism, tilt tension adjustment, pneumatic seat height and ratchet back adjustment, seat slider, and sleek modern design

Orthopedic Office Chairs: Good for Your Back, Good for Your Business

Not only do modern orthopedic office chairs significantly enhance workers’ comfort, health, and safety, but research confirms that orthopedic office equipment boosts employee moral, performance, and productivity. In fact, in order to comply with workplace safety regulations, more and more business owners are consulting with ergonomic specialists to assess their workplace settings and the needs of their employees and to get recommendations for orthopedic furniture which will maximize their employees’ ability to safely and efficiently do their jobs.

Finally, you can invest in your back and in your health by finding out about desk exercises recommended by orthopedists and by taking short “ergo” breaks throughout the day.

 

Author Byline

Karen Burke is the President and Founder of Kare Products. Karen has over 30 years of expertise creating ergonomic furniture that help avoid injury and promotes health for all types of discomfort and body sizes.

How investment in Ergo furniture saves you money

Furniture: No One Size Fits All

If the science of ergonomics has taught us one thing, it’s that most furniture is not “one size fits all”. Since no two people share the same physique, ergonomics specialists have designed an entire line of furniture which can be adjusted and tailor-fit to each user’s unique makeup. Designed to maximize comfort and support the body in all the right places, studies confirm that ergonomic furniture increases workers’ satisfaction, decreases workers’ back pain and fatigue, improves moral, boosts productivity, and wards off a whole host of injuries associated with prolonged sitting, poor body posture, and awkward positioning on the job.

Cost-Justifying Ergonomic Expenditure

But when it comes to investing in possibly hundreds of adjustable workstations, ergonomic chairs, and height-adjustable desks, is it really worth all the expense? As a business owner, what is the projected return on investment (ROI) and can you really cost-justify the expenditure on ergonomic furniture? The answer, according to research, is a resounding “yes.”

Studies repeatedly confirm that business owners who “go ergo” not only enjoy a robust and positive ROI, but that most ergonomic investments have a payback period of one to three years or less. Furthermore, cost-benefit analyses demonstrate that investing in ergonomic equipment actually boosts profitability.

Ergonomics Each Day Keeps the Doctor Away

So what is it about user-adjustable furniture that makes them such a savvy business decision? How does the net benefit and payback from ergonomic solutions come about? In essence, ergonomics developed as a tool to prevent common workplace injuries, especially those associated with prolonged sitting, poor sitting posture, awkward or strained body positioning, and repetitive motions. As the old adage says: An ounce of prevention is worth years of good health!

The fact is that over 50% of the working population spends eight hours or more sitting behind a desk or glued to a computer screen, often with few breaks, even for lunch. This means hours upon hours of unnatural and unhealthy sedentary activity day in and day out. In turn, prolonged periods of sitting (or standing) wreak havoc on the human body, giving rise to conditions such as:

Poor circulation

Stiff muscles and joints

Upper and lower back pain

Neck and eye strain

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSS)

Cumulative stress disorders (CSD) (including carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, and more)

 

Moreover – and most importantly for business owners – work-related MSS and CSD are the number one cause of missed days at work and are responsible for costly workers’ compensation claims and hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of rehabilitative and treatment expenses.

 

The Net Benefit of Ergonomic Investment

As an employer, it is your responsibility to ensure that your employees’ workplace meets regulatory requirements and that you provide a safe and healthy work environment. It is also your duty to identify risk factors and take appropriate action to ensure your employees’ safety. The good news is that when it comes to health of your employees –and your business – ergonomic equipment provides a win-win solution for all.

Citing one of many research studies in the field, a university-wide office ergonomics program evaluated the effectiveness of ergonomic investment. The goals of the research were to evaluate if office-related injuries, lost time from office-related injuries and illnesses, and workers’ compensation claims would decrease after the implementation of an office ergonomics program. The results indicated that over the 13-year period, the incidence of MSS and CST decreased by 53%, total days away decreased by 41%, office-related carpal tunnel syndrome decreased by almost 50%, and that equipment costs were indeed offset by a decrease in workers’ compensation claims paid.

 

Wholesale Ergonomic Furniture

Whether you run a small or large organization or business, the evidence clearly cost-justifies an investment in ergonomics. Nowadays you can save money by buying in bulk and purchasing wholesale ergonomic office equipment, which is available in many fashionable styles, colors, and cutting-edge designs. Finally, work-adjustable work surfaces are also ideal for flexible work arrangements and enable cost-effective desk sharing.

 

Author Byline

Karen Burke is the President and Founder of Kare Products. Karen has over 30 years of expertise creating ergonomic furniture that help avoid injury and promotes health for all types of discomfort and body sizes.

IMG_8659Placement of mouse and a whole lot of shoulder issues.

Can you image how the neck, shoulder, arms and each vetebrae of the spine has to twist and turn to hold the arm in this position?

Since muscles have memory they think this is a normal working posture. And when you sit down at 8 in the morning they go right into your awkward working position. It isn’t until you leave work and start to relax that you sense the discomfort to neck, shoulders and low back.

So, pull yourself close to the desk, get a chair that can adjust to your body and learn to place your body in a neutral reach zone. You will be amazed how much fatigue this will remove. And you will feel better at the end of the day.

Here are some products that will reduce these types of ergonomic issues:

-Height adjustable keyboard tray for your keyboard and mouse.  This lowers your shoulders relaxes your upper back.

-Roller Mouse that sits in front of your  keyboard eliminates extended reaching for your mouse.

-A Footrest to raise your feet so they are not dangling or resting on the base.

If you want to get completly ergonomic,  we suggest a sit stand desk that allows you to vary your posture throughout the day.  Be aware that not all sit stand desks are made equal.  Ensure it has the proper height range you need for your sitting and standing height or it’s not worth the investment. To your health!

Kare Products-ergonomics for your comfort and health

cropped-girl-standing.jpgErgonomics is interesting, fun and can greatly improve the quality of your working life. For some people, ergonomics is the best tool available to ensure that they can work. It is not necessary to go through your day feeling tired, cramped, hunched over and just downright crunchy.

And that is what the Kare Products Blog is all about. Helping get you the true solutions to your ergonomic questions and quest just happens to be a passion of ours.

” After 30 years in the ergonomic business, designing 100’s of products, doing 1000’s of ergonomic evaluations, and developing a unique ergonomic evaluation software, we believe we can really assist our clients with real world solutions that they can apply quickly. And remember our <free on line guides to ergonomics http://kareproducts.com/kare_ergo_index.phpon the Kare Product web site.
Karen Burke- Founder, President   Craig Stewart VP,Technical Services, ASP