What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Many people have heard of carpal tunnel syndrome but don’t exactly know what it is.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is seen most commonly in people who are heavy computer users. Prestige International, being part of the ergonomic community, hears from many people about their RSIs (repetitive stress injuries) and carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most prominent ones. We want to let people know about this ailment, and how to prevent and treat it.

A person experiencing wrist pain

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a result from the pinching of the median nerve as it travels through the wrist at the carpal tunnel. This can lead to myriad of symptoms, the most common being numbness is the hand, discomfort in the wrist and forearm, loss of grip strength and manual dexterity, as well as pain in the upper arm.

There is some very basic, straight forward, treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome depending on the severity of the individuals condition. Treatments can vary from lesser ones such as icing the area and stretching, to rather more extreme and invasive ones such as medications, splints, physical therapy and even surgery.

This person is wearing a brace in an attempt to alleviate discomfort

Luckily there are things you can do to prevent you from being inflicted carpal tunnel syndrome. If you are a heavy computer user don’t let you wrist rest on the desk/keyboard tray you are using, also look into investing in a vertical, elevated, or another ergonomic mouse so that you wont have the pinching of the wrist commonly found in heavy keyboard and mouse users.

If you feel pain or discomfort in your wrist, arm or hand area try adjusting you work habits and if it persists don’t shy away from contacting a medical professional, you don’t want to wait to long.

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5 Tips to Avoid Winter Sickness

Winter is fastly approaching and its the time of year where people start to feel under the weather and get sick. During this time period your immune system is more compromised and you are more susceptible to illness. Nothing is more annoying than getting sick or getting other people sick. I’m going to give you a few tips to help you from catching something and so you have a healthy winter.

  1. Get plenty of sleep. One of the most compromising things to your immune system, that is easy to remedy, is lack of sleep. Make sure you get at least eight hours of sleep every night. You should also make sure that you are comfortable when sleeping, eight hours of uncomfortable sleep could be worse than only six hours comfy sleep. 
  2. Eat properly. What you eat affects your body drastically and an awful diet can can cause an increased chance of becoming ill. During the winter months people tend to gravitate towards more hearty and heavier foods, but don’t forget to mix in plenty of fruits and vegetables.
  3. Remember to exercise. The winter months make it harder for you to get out and exercise and many gain weight, but you can’t let it stop you completely. Whether its something you can do in your house, sit ups, pull ups and other body weight exercises, or joining a gym find a way to stay active and in shape. Although it might be cold try short runs on warmer days as well. 
  4. Get a flu shot. This may not be for everyone, but a flu shot is the number one prevention method for getting the flu. The flu is one of the more dangerous illnesses you can have during this time of the year and a shot is a surefire way you won’t get it.
  5. Wash your hands. It sounds cliche but washing your hands and preventing the spread of germs is the best way to prevent getting sick. Soap and warm water will do the  trick and make sure you do this before eating or putting your hands to your mouth for any reason.

Following these tips will help prevent you from being sick this winter. Be safe, and have a healthy hollidays season and winter. 

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Recap: Mousetrapper at Safety 2018

Yesterday Mousetrapper wrapped up Safety 2018 in San Antonio and boy was it a great experience.

Lance from Prestige and Anders from Mousetrapper enjoyed interacting with everyone that stopped by the booth and showing them the different designs Mousetrapper has to offer.. The attendees were always up to learning about the products and how it can change the way you use a computer.

The city of San Antonio and ASSE could not have been better hosts. San Antonio has a great atmosphere, restaurants, sights and sounds that made the stay there even more enjoyable. ASSE put on a flawless show that made it easy for us to set up, interact and share our information.

Now that Safety 2018 is in the books we can’t wait to see what other shows Prestige has on the horizon and cant wait until we come back next year, with our own booth.

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5 Ways to Bring Ergonomics Into Your Home

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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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How To Stand Properly To Ease Back Pain and Aches

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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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How to Prevent New Mommy Thumb with Ergonomics

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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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You May Have Back Pain Because of How You Sit

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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3 Household Tasks That Need an Ergonomic Makeover

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An ergonomic office is essential for better health and wellness and to prevent work place injuries, such as CTS (carpal tunnel syndrome). But what about ergonomics outside of work? Did you ever consider that many of your daily tasks and enjoyable hobbies need an ergonomic makeover?

We have. Here’s some advice on how to improve your health when gardening, mopping and texting.

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