When you think of injuries happening on the job, professions like construction work or heavy equipment operation might come to mind. It may surprise you that you can do a lot of damage to your body by having an office job. Sitting too much during the day in an unsupportive chair, slumping over, constantly typing, and holding your head in strange positions are just a few ways aches, pains, and injuries can occur.
The best way to combat uncomfortable desk life is to invest in quality ergonomic products for your office space. Ergonomics is the science of designing the workplace while having your employees’ health and wellness in mind.
Here are five ergonomic products for your in-office or work-from-home employees that will boost their overall happiness and productivity.
The human body isn’t designed to stay seated for long periods. A sit-stand desk can have long-term health benefits for employees. Standing while working will help fight aches, injuries and improve cardiovascular activity around the body.
Improper mice use can cause many painful injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome and repetitive strain injury. Ergonomic mice are built around a natural holding position that keeps the wrist in a more comfortable straight line, preventing injury.
Normal keyboards require you to angle your wrists in unnatural positions, resulting in damage to tendons and ligaments over time. An ergonomic keyboard will relieve your fingers and wrists of any discomfort from unnecessary stretching and can increase your overall efficiency.
An ergonomic footrest keeps the body upright, preventing the legs from hanging uncomfortably. It can increase blood flow and circulation, lowering the chances of leg pain, stiffness, and developing varicose veins or blood clots.
When we sit down, considerable pressure is put on the spine, leading to long-term back problems. Not everyone can be comfortable in the same chair. Some people need extra lumbar support or a bigger arm rest. Accredited Rehabilitation Consultants can make your employees custom seating to fit their individual needs.
These five ergonomic office products are a great start to adhering to the special needs of your workers, but there is other ergonomic equipment out there too. A professional ergonomic consulting firm has a variety of services to help assess your employees’ specific needs. Call (323)930-6599 to contact an ergonomic consultant and take the first step in bettering the work environment of your office place.
If you do a lot of typing, consider purchasing an ergonomic computer keyboard. With it, you will save your hands and wrists from unnecessary pain and discomfort.
Conventional keyboards force you to keep your fingers, arms and hands in unnatural positions for long periods that can cause tension in muscles, tendons and joints. Working in this unnatural position for a long time can lead to physical discomfort that cause various forms of Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI). RSI is caused by repetitive movements and overuse which can affect the whole body.
There are many ergonomic designs available, all with the aim of promoting a healthy posture. Some are curved, V-shaped, or divided in the middle of the keypad with one block for the left hand and another for the right hand.
Working with an ergonomic keyboard in an ergonomic posture while on the computer can help to prevent discomfort in the fingers, wrists, forearms and shoulders.
Benefits of Ergonomic Keyboard
An ergonomic keyboard provides benefits such as:
With an ergonomic keyboard, you get more space for your wrists to relax on the middle of the keyboard. Your fingers are closer to the keys, and your hands use smaller effort and movement when typing for long hours.
For suggestions for an ergonomic keyboard or to achieve an optimal ergonomic workstation, it is important to hire a Specialist to examine your current workplace. At Accredited Rehabilitation Consultants, we can evaluate your current workspace, find ways to make it more ergonomic, and then provide and install the necessary equipment to do so. To learn more, contact us today!