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Upgrading to Avoid Injury


Did you know that open office (the euphemism for cubicle farm) workers made only half as many ergonomic adjustments to their workstations as did those in quiet offices? This lack of proactive problem-solving resulted in an increase in repetitive strain injuries (RSI), such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and workers comp. Plus, they were just uncomfortable. It’s like cramming into coach for a Trans-Atlantic flight when a lush First Class seat is available. Why torture yourself needlessly?

Here are some possible ergonomic adjustments that may help YOU work more comfortably, and more productively, regardless of your office’s style or set-up:

ProCurve mulitmedia keyboard

The beauty of an ergonomically-designed keyboard is that it makes typing (what you spend a lot of time doing) more natural by positioning your hands and wrists more comfortably. An since you probably sit most of the day, back support can help you not go home stiff and cranky.

I’ll be honest with you. First Class seats are available for every flight we take. I could trade up for a First Class seat and get my toddler off my lap, but I’d be paying a lot for it. As it is, I choose to suck up the discomfort because it’s only 1 day and I foolishly think I can handle 12 hours of discomfort. Now, work, on the other hand is daily. Trading up for daily results is a lot more reasonable. It all comes down to doing what you can to increase comfort and therefore avoid stress injuries.

Avoiding Carpal Tunnel at Work

A college friend once went on a Blackberry hiatus as a result of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. I'm not even kidding- all her rapid texting had inflamed her tendons. That got me thinking about all the typing and texting we do on a daily basis. Now, this friend of mine was an aid [...]

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Dealing with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

More and more computer workers are complaining of tingling, pain, or numbness in their fingers and hands. Often, they are the first signs of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is when the tendons running from the forearm to the hand become inflamed and compress the median nerve (a main nerve in the [...]

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Making your Laptop Ergo-Savvy

We all know that laptops are awesome- these days they are compact, lightweight, and durable. They go where we go- they're man's new best friend. However, laptops kill our posture and make us strain to use them. Here are some problems you will face with your laptop, coupled with a solution.ProblemKeyboard & [...]

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Choosing the right ergonomic desk

We've all heard how important an ergonomic desk is. After a while, it all kind of sounds like you're in a Peanuts cartoon, and all you can hear is "blah blah blah." Why is an ergonomic desk so important?The main reason behind getting an ergonomic desk is to keep your body from straining. [...]

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Can Children Suffer from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

More than likely when you think about carpal tunnel syndrome, you think of it as a problem that affects older people. However, this is no longer just a problem for adults. Amazingly, there are actually many children, sometimes at a very young age, who are coming down with carpal tunnel as well. It definitely is [...]

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Tips to Prevent RSI (Repetitive Stress Injuries)

We’ve all heard of carpal tunnel syndrome and words like “blackberry thumb” or “gamers thumb.” If you aren’t familiar with these terms, obviously blackberry thumb is the over and continual use of your Blackberry! Gamers Thumb happens often to people who play video games constantly and use their thumb in the same repetitive [...]

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Will My Sore Wrist Develop Into Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

If you're experiencing pain and discomfort in one or both of your wrists and are worried that it may develop into carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) it's most important to first determine the exact root of the problem, and then set about the task of treating it before it has a chance to evolve into something [...]

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When To Leave Work Due to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

More and more people are leaving or staying home from work due to carpal tunnel syndrome or CTS due to the symptoms they suffer. In 1995 alone, around $270 million was spent on illness days for these patients to get some relief away from the workplace. CTS evolves in the wrist where bones [...]

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Who is at Risk for Developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a very common problem today. Tons of people are developing this problem with their hands and wrists. You may be wondering - are you at risk? While there is no one specific cause of carpal tunnel syndrome, there are a variety of different risk factors that can make it more likely [...]

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