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Ergonomics: Saving the Office Money

Many different injuries and problems stem from bad workstation positioning and improper ergonomics. Carpal Tunnel and Tendinitis are some of the most common workplace injury complaints and are found in a number of different occupations and situations. Hairstylists using their hands in the repetitive scissors motion or a computer programmer sitting in front of the monitor for long periods of time are all prone to problems with the hands and arms.

New worker’s compensation claims are being filed daily for problems stemming from muscle and nerve injuries due to workplace conditions. The numbers seem to be rising possibly due to the increasing number of computer users and workers with a computer monitor and workstation where they spend a considerable amount of time. It is simple to ergonomically position most workstations but without the knowledge of how to do so, most employees will end up in the wrong position.

When a worker reports a carpal tunnel injury from the doctor, they normally cannot perform their standard office tasks or the injury will be worsened. Carpal tunnel requires the wrist and arm to stay at a stable relaxed position and braces are available but do not work in most situations for productivity. The employee can be put on full leave until recovered or surgery is necessary which can leave the employee on absence for a longer period of time.

This can be costly to the employer for the replacement personnel in order to cover for the lost worker and in worker’s compensation claims if it is a work related injury. What business wants to throw money around without a care in the world for prevention of their loss? Not a good one or one that might stay in business long.

Most large corporations purchase their supplies in bulk and have been educated on proper ergonomics in the workplace from the office furniture interiors company that handled the design of the stations. Many large offices also feature workstations with ergonomic keyboard trays for multiple users and an adjustable office chair, the basics for good ergonomics. Prevention of injury is important to these big businesses as they know how costly it can be to replace workers.

All that is needed is ergonomic education for the employees in order to properly position the equipment once seated. With businesses paying more attention to workplace ergonomics, hopefully the number of these hand and arm injuries will decrease and save everyone time and money.

Author Bio:
Amy Pedersen
has worked in the Ergonomics and Office Furniture
industry for over 10 years and is owner of Sit On This Ergonomics,
operating a number of ergonomic websites dedicated to Office
Chairs
and the practice of good Workplace Ergonomics.

Featuring a wide variety of Executive Chairs, Leather Office Chairs,
Mesh
Seating & Task Office Chairs with an Online Sales Catalog. Their
Huge
Office Chair Collection and the Sit On This Ergo
website
provides detailed ergonomic information on proper chair positioning and
seating in the workplace environment to help people to find the perfect
Office Chair for their situation.

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Office Chairs, the Most Important Furniture Piece in your Workspace Ergonomically

The most important piece of furniture in your office is a good debate to start over the water-cooler. Some say it’s the computer while others are convinced that it is the desk, the chair or even the keyboard tray. Now start the same conversation with a group of Ergonomists and the answer is bound to be the chair and nothing but the chair.

Although each piece of equipment can be equally important to the tasks at hand, how you sit and body positioning is the key to practicing ergonomics in the workplace. Most people working in the average office spend the majority of their time sitting in a chair in front of their desk or computer.

Whether the employee is working on the computer, in a meeting, working in a laboratory or simply in a meeting, they are most likely to be seated in a chair. With the number of injuries from the workplace due to repetitive stress motion, it is important to remember to practice ergonomics and position your office chair correctly when working these long hours in order to avoid injury.

Often, very little thought is given to the furniture or office chairs which are used daily. Perhaps this is why the number of workers compensation claims are rising in number these days due to work related injuries stemming from everyday tasks. Many employees do not even know how to properly position their office chair to their body type and sit uncomfortably all day.

Even with an excellent new ergonomic chair, trouble can still arise if it is not adjusted and positioned correctly for the user. Your office chair needs to fit your body size, weight, shape and should work well with the tasks at hand for your job.

The chair needs to adjust to support the unique curve of your lumbar back region and should also be adjusted to properly position your legs and feet. Keeping your feet flat and on the floor or footrest and making sure to position the lumbar support of the chair to correctly curve your spine are the first and foremost things to think about when setting up your chair ergonomically.

To correctly design your workstation, the proper adjustment of your chair is crucial. When starting ergonomic design in your office, the chair always comes first, followed by the other equipment height adjustments that follow.

It is very possible that simply adjusting your office chair to your body can eliminate the injuries and problems created by bad posture and workstation heights. Assuming your chair is not built in the 1960’s, it is probably quite easy to adjust. Although once a work injury has occurred from improper ergonomics, it is hard to get your body back into good shape and health.

© 2007 Sit On This Ergonomics, LLC.

Author Bio:
Amy Pedersen
has worked in the Ergonomics and Office Furniture industry for over 10 years and is owner of Sit On This Ergonomics, operating a number of ergonomic websites dedicated to Office Chairs and the practice of good Workplace Ergonomics.

Featuring a wide variety of Executive Chairs, Leather Office Chairs, Mesh Seating & Task Office Chairs with an Online Sales Catalog. Their Huge Office Chair Collection and the Sit On This Ergo website provides detailed ergonomic information on proper chair positioning and seating in the workplace environment to help people to find the perfect Office Chair for their situation.

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Ergonomic Software can Help to Remind Employees to Practice Good Ergonomics in the Office

Repetitive stress injuries are suffered by office keyboard and employees that sit in the office chair for hours each day and are growing in epidemic proportions as of recently. The number of workers compenstion claims stemming from repetitive stress injuries in the workplace is overwhelming. Unless a business is willing to change the way that their employees interface with their workstation and computer, the injuries and problems are going to get worse, not to mention more expensive on the companies paying out the insurance claims.

Recently ergonomists have been working on technological advancements to help employess to remember proper postioning and ergonomic posture everyday in the workplace. In the past 5 years, programs have been specifically designed to reduce both the workplace injuries and stress at the workplace. The research involoved in this mission involves the use of voice recognition software to help employees to practice proper ergonomics throughout the day.

Many companies are investing and starting the process of learning and educating themselves on proper erognomics in the office. The variety of software available now should help to improve user productivity and efficiency, and reduce both the incidence and severity of these RSI’s or repetitive motion injuries. The average employee works anywhere from 5-10 hours on the computer each day. This requires them to stay seated for an unhealthy amount of time and requires them to practice good ergonomic positioning if they plan to avoid injury.

Motion is pertinent to practicing good ergonomics in the workplace. This software which is being created and is already available on the marketplace, uses webcams and time release software in order to remind the user on a constant basis to practice the art of ergonomics and motion. Movement is critical to creating a healthy office environment and practicing ergonomics. Using these new software programs only helps to remind users how to position their bodies.

Once a habit is developed, as anyone knows, it is hard to break and hard to change the pattern of behaivor that comes with a habitual action. The same applies to sitting in ones office chair, it is hard to change the patterns of behavior in the workplace environment once one is used to doing things a certain way. Similar motions, over and over again may add up to a cumulative trauma disorder or RSI.

Sometimes these employees when not practicing good ergonomics can be faced with major potential job threatening problem or injuries. A combination of voice recognition and dictation software may be the solution to better seated postures and equipment positions. The new software even helps to remind the users and all employees to stretch It seems like the new voice dictation programs can help remind employees to stay in motion and to take constant breaks keeping their body healthy ergonomically in their seated position.

© 2007 Sit On This Ergonomics, LLC.

Author Bio:
Amy Pedersen
has worked in the Ergonomics and Office Furniture industry for over 10 years and is owner of Sit On This Ergonomics, operating a number of ergonomic websites dedicated to Office Chairs and the practice of good Workplace Ergonomics.

Featuring a wide variety of Executive Chairs, Leather Office Chairs, Mesh Seating & Task Office Chairs with an Online Sales Catalog. Their Huge Office Chair Collection and the Sit On This Ergo website provides detailed ergonomic information on proper chair positioning and seating in the workplace environment to help people to find the perfect Office Chair for their situation.

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Massage Office Chairs can be as Beneficial as a Therapeutic Massage for Back Pain Relief

Massage can do wonders for back pain relief and with relieving stress and tension, but a therapeutic massage is not always available when really needed. It is still advisable for those with chronic back problems to get a massage from a licensed massage therapist. However, a massage office chair is a good option that may provide some of the benefits of the human touch and stress relief needed in the office workplace.

Most people tend to believe that massage chairs are a luxury item and not needed for the standard employee. While a massage chair may not be necessary for every day work, it can work miracles in body health for those who work long hours seated in front of their computer or workstation. For relieving back pain and neck pain, a good ergonomic massage chair can be the solution. However, the benefits that a massage chair can bring may outweigh the price if one doesn’t shop around and find the right price online for that office chair.

Many deals are available everyday online for massage chairs and sites such as eBay or Nextag always feature a nice variety of products and sellers with a massage chair category. Looking around for the right chair at the right price can also help the office budget as well.

A great chair can play a crucial role in alleviating back pain and ergonomics are another factor to consider when picking which massage chair to go with. Similarly, a good massage chair is usually designed to provide some measure of pain relief and relaxation. Being able to use your chair and receive a massage in the privacy of home, are just another reason why some are opting to go with a massage chair to help alleviate their back problems at work.

The benefits of therapeutic massage are both physical and psychological to help reduce common symptoms of back pain and stress or tension. Using ergonomics and massage with the goal of achieving body health is easy with a little education and some time.

© 2007 Sit On This Ergonomics, LLC.

Author Bio:
Amy Pedersen
has worked in the Ergonomics and Office Furniture industry for over 10 years and is owner of Sit On This Ergonomics, operating a number of ergonomic websites dedicated to Office Chairs and the practice of good Workplace Ergonomics.

Featuring a wide variety of Executive Chairs, Leather Office Chairs, Mesh Seating & Task Office Chairs with an Online Sales Catalog. Their Huge Office Chair Collection and the Sit On This Ergo website provides detailed ergonomic information on proper chair positioning and seating in the workplace environment to help people to find the perfect Office Chair for their situation.

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Ergonomic Office Chairs Help Prevent Injury, Back Pain and RSI’s in the Workplace

Back Pain and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome are some of the most common work-related injuries costing businesses money every year. These injuries are often caused by ordinary tasks at work such as sitting in an office chair, repetitive motion or heavy lifting. When applying ergonomic office chair principles in the workplace, these problems can be prevented. Ergonomics in the office, or as easily stated, the study of the workplace as it relates to the worker can help provide a solution to these preventable injuries. Buying good office chairs and ergonomic furniture can help prevent Repetitive Stress Injuries as well as prevent back injury and help maintain a healthy back while at the office.

When starting a new ergonomic program in the office, the goal is to adapt the workplace to a specific user and their specific tasks at hand. How to position each workstation is dependent on the job description, required tasks and physical make up of the person performing the job. Typically people begin having back pain or sustain a back injury while on the job for quite some time and it normally takes quite some time for that same employee to start to realize how bad the injury is becoming in time to properly fix it.

An injury where no actual accident was involved, where the pain comes as a result of job activities and the requirements of the task is hard to catch in time to fix easily. Poor body mechanics (such as slouching in an office chair), prolonged activity without motion, repetitive motions for long periods of time, and fatigue are major factors contributing to these injuries. These injuries may occur from sitting in an office chair or using the desk and computer keyboard at the wrong heights allowing for improper blood flow. All these things could be avoided simply by positioning the office chair and desk to the user and teaching proper posture in the chair.

Accidental injury usually results when an event which a person did not expect triggers an injury from that unexpected event. This is not so with most office and employee workers compensation injuries anymore. A growing number of these injuries being reported in the office do not involve an accident but rather the tolls that one takes on the body when sitting at a desk for the long hours required by most jobs these days. With good ergonomics and a little practice, these injuries can be avoided and productivity has been known to increase with the employees being more comfortable and in better overall body health to do the work at hand.

© 2007 Sit On This Ergonomics, LLC.

Author Bio:
Amy Pedersen
has worked in the Ergonomics and Office Furniture industry for over 10 years and is owner of Sit On This Ergonomics, an eBay PowerSeller Store, operating a number of ergonomic websites dedicated to Office Chairs and ergonomics.

Selling on eBay for the past 7 years, Amy is considered an expert in all things eBay and offers her services to people looking to sell on eBay on an ongoing basis. Accepting jobs, she specializes in eBay Store Website Design and eBay Logo Design for eBay Store Owners as well as classes, lectures, blogs and private tutoring sessions with clients on all aspects of selling and owning an eBay business. Please contact her for more information through her websites if interested.

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Posture Knee Office Chairs Can Help Video Gamers to Find Comfort in those Long Hours

The other day, I found myself at a friends house waiting for him to get his stuff together and I started talking with his son, who is an avid gamer. His father has mentioned to me many times how often his son sat in that chair and played those games and how long the hours were that he spent barely moving at all. With long hours in front of a video game system like that and no real motion of fluidity in the chair that he was sitting in, as an ergonomist, I could not help myself and had to say something.

This was very unhealthy behavior. Motion, when seated, is critical to proper blood flow and body health as well as putting less strain on one muscle or joint from forcing the body to work long hours without moving. After observing his son for several minutes and watching how he moved and placed his neck and torso, it became apparent which type of chair would be best recommended for this type of video game play. Having sold ergonomic office chairs and furniture for over 10 years now, it is easy for me to remember that different types of tasks require different styles of seating positions.

The task at hand was video games with a controller and pushing buttons using a repetivie motion while holding the control in front of the body. Since he was a kid, he wasn’t going to want to spend a ton of money on something overly ergonomic and just wanted to find something that was comfortable for long hours and didn’t leave him wanting to stretch every ten minutes due to muscle tension. I recommended a Posture Knee Kneeling office chair model that seemed absolutely perfect for his task.

Unlike your standard task chair, a posture knee chair works by taking more of your weight on your knees by resting them on a seperate cushion, which lets you sit in just the right position to keep the natural S curve to your spine and keep your muscles and back relaxed. These types of chairs are unique in how one is seated in them and definetely take some getting use to but rave reviews appear from all of my loyal posture knee customers monthly.

Kneeling chairs, which found their beginnings when back pain sufferes were looking for some way to change the conventional computer task chair and find a way to alleviate the tension placed on the spine and lumbar. They have become more and more popular these days with the long hours many employees are working in front of the computer and at their desks. When watching my friend’s son the other day, it also became more and more obvious to me that posture knee chairs would also work well for video gamers and people who enjoy spending that time in front of their system.

Posture knee models are easy to find online and are not a high priced option. You can find them for the price of your average task office chair, even for under a hundred dollars on sites like eBay online. This low price and great chair allows the user to try out a new type of chair without having to break the pocketbook. Try shopping around online as there are many different posture knee chairs out there in colors, styles an shapes.

© 2007 Sit On This Ergonomics, LLC.

Author Bio:
Amy Pedersen
has worked in the Ergonomics and Office Furniture industry for over 10 years and is owner of Sit On This Ergonomics, operating a number of ergonomic websites dedicated to Office Chairs and the practice of good Workplace Ergonomics.

Featuring a wide variety of Executive Chairs, Leather Office Chairs, Mesh Seating & Task Office Chairs with an Online Sales Catalog. Their Huge Office Chair Collection and the Sit On This Ergo website provides detailed ergonomic information on proper chair positioning and seating in the workplace environment to help people to find the perfect Office Chair for their situation.

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Ergonomics and Your Spine

When seated in front of a computer for long hours of the day, it is hard to remember to keep the proper posture without practice. Ergonomics can help your body health, relieve back pain and help your all over productivity in the office workplace. Any company with an eye to the future and the knowledge that computers and technology are taking over our business environment, these companies would know to invest in the “accessories” and training that go along with such technology.

In order to use anything properly and produce the desired results, training is required. Same applies to your office furniture, including your desk, computer, office chair, office seating and of course keyboard. All things on your desk should be adjusted to be used ergonomically and wisely to get the most satisfying and productive work experience. Most importantly when working in front of a computer for long hours is your office chair.

Your office chair is critical to your comfort and being able to position the rest of your workspace properly is dependent upon your chair being adjustable to your body type. Not every chair fits every person and each user should take into consideration many different factors when picking his or her office chair. Each task at hand also presents another type of need when it comes to styles and mechanisms on an office chair.

A doctor has different needs when it comes to seating than does the standard computer analyst. Although each type of profession, whether doctor or analyst, requires an ergonomic chair, the type of construction of that chair and the mechanisms required for the tasks at hand would differ. A doctor would find a stool with an adjustable height level of more than average to compensate for the differing heights of tables. The same doctor would also find an armless office chair easier to use for range of motion when diagnosing patients. However, a computer technician spending long hours at the desk would require a model of office chair with arms and more ergonomic mechanisms such as lumbar support and knee tilt adjustment to help the body compensate for the long hours spent seated.

When picking your office chair, consider ergonomics and positioning as the key elements instead of being drawn in by a certain “Style” or “name brand” high end model chair that turns out to not work for your particular needs. When shopping for an office chair, keep in mind or make a list of the most important things in your office chair and the things that you desire and this should help you to pick the right office chair for your situation and ergonomics.

© 2007 Sit On This Ergonomics, LLC.

Author Bio:
Amy Pedersen
has worked in the Ergonomics and Office Furniture industry for over 10 years and is owner of Sit On This Ergonomics, operating a number of ergonomic websites dedicated to Office Chairs and the practice of good Workplace Ergonomics.

Featuring a wide variety of Executive Chairs, Leather Office Chairs, Mesh Seating & Task Office Chairs with an Online Sales Catalog. Their Huge Office Chair Collection and the Sit On This Ergo website provides detailed ergonomic information on proper chair positioning and seating in the workplace environment to help people to find the perfect Office Chair for their situation.

Visit Our Office Chair Collection:
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