The need for ergonomics is often discussed in professional settings. However, carpal tunnel syndrome, back and neck pain, and other MSDs persist even when at home. We sit just as long at home as we do at work. Plus, some home items are detrimental to maintaining a healthy body and mind, as we get caught up with aesthetics versus comfort and practicality.
Whether redecorating or reorganizing, consider the following ways to bring ergonomics into your home.
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You sit at your desk and can’t seem to get going. At the end of the work day, you find yourself playing catch up and wondering, where did the day go?
You’re not alone in this thinking. In fact, a study discovered that many of us waste time at work. Instead of being productive and completing tasks, we peruse Facebook, take personal calls, and do anything but work. So, how do you increase productivity? Here are ways to create a more efficient work environment:
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If you’ve ever felt frustrated, tired or discomforted by the glaring fluorescent lights at the office, you are not alone. A study conducted by the American Society of Interior Designers showed that 68 percent of employees hate the lighting in their workspace. That’s a big number. One that should alarm employers and drive them to create an office setting that has better lighting.
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Whether you’re a brand selling product or a corporation recruiting the next generation of employees, millennial’s are a targeted demographic. And Gen Y is known to be technology savvy, entrepreneurial and extremely transparent about their needs and progressive views. They believe in teamwork and want to feel excited by the work that they do and their workspace. So, how do you entice millennials to remain interested and productive at work? By providing them with a millennial approved workspace.
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Sitting for prolonged periods of time can lead to sore muscles, a bad back and even death. Now, a new study has also discovered that too much sitting can negatively impact your brain.
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When back joints and limbs are misaligned we stress ligaments and muscles. That strain leads to pain. In fact, having poor posture and standing improperly can effect your back and body so negatively, it can ultimately lead to degenerative arthritis.
Being mindful of how you stand when at work, waiting on line or when carrying a child is the first step to living a healthier life long term. Here are some tips on how to stand properly to ease back pain:
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As a new mom, your innate concern is to give your newborn everything it needs. From feedings to hugs and kisses to soothing your child when he or she cries, mothers give so much of themselves.
Sometimes this leads caretakers to disregard their health and avoid medical problems stemming from mommyhood. One of these conditions is New Mommy Thumb (de Quervain’s Syndrome), which causes inflammation of the tendons located on the thumb side of the wrist. New Mommy Thumb is the result of overusing your hand and picking up your child the wrong way. Thankfully, their is an ergonomic form to pick up your infant or toddler and prevent New Mommy Thumb, back pain and other mom-adjacent ailments.
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Think about your work day and posture. Think about how you position your body throughout the day while at the office. Do you hunch over? Do you lean into your computer screen? Do you shift from the back of your chair to the front? If you’re nodding yes to each of these questions, you may also agree with the following: you have a bad back because of how you sit.
It is common to have a bad back after sitting for hours on end. Your back pain, however, progressively worsens when you don’t know how to sit correctly. Here are some tips to ease back pain and improve posture when sitting:
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A recent study discovered that 43 percent of Americans worked from home just last year. That shift is impacting ergonomics and what we need at home to work efficiently with health and wellness in mind. You may work at home in your PJ’s but it’s still essential to utilize ergonomic office furniture and computer tools. Here are ways remote workers can create an ergonomic home office:
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