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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Create An Ergonomic Home Office With These 5 Tips

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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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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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‘Text Neck’ Is A Real Pain in the Neck

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As a society, we thrive on technology and find it excruciating to live without our smartphones. In fact, according to a Pew Research Center report study, smartphone use is up by 35 percent since 2011,  and 85 percent of smartphone users are younger Americans. In 2016, 65 percent of the U.S. population used a smartphone to stay connected, particularly via texting and social media. Due to this, a new condition has arisen – text neck.

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Ergonomically Designed Office Reduces Worker’s Compensation Cost

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$15 billion. That is how much businesses spend on workers’ compensation annually. The culprit: work-related musculoskeletal disorders. Musculoskeletal Disorders or MSDs affect our muscles, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels and nerves. The most common MSDs are Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Tendonitis, DeQuervain’s Syndrome, Tension Neck Syndrome and Muscle/Tendon Strain.

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6 Ways to Travel and Ease Leg Pain

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According to statistics, approximately 8 million people travel on a daily basis. Flying for hours on end can cause stiff muscles, a condition called Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), heavy legs, and swollen feet and ankles. Those with poor circulation suffer most when traveling, however, thanks to cramped airplane seats and little leg room, even the healthiest among us experience leg pain. There is a way to ease your aches when traveling. Here are some:

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