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Self Care Ergonomics

1. Intervene before it becomes a pain: Be mindful of the “warning lights” of musculoskeletal problems, such as discomfort, pain, numbness, tingling, reduced mobility, or swelling. Musculoskeletal injuries can quickly escalate to major problems that influence other areas of our life. Getting help on (supervisor, safety) or off the job (family physician, physical therapist), will

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Repetition

If you watch the sports news, you will often hear of athletes that suffer from injuries. In a lot of cases, this is due to the fact that they repeat the same type of motion practice after practice and game after game. Tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, jumper’s knee are just a few of the common sports injuries.

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Office Safari (Part 1)

Shhhh! Quiet. If you slowly look around the office, you will see many different species of office dwellers. We will go on the hunt for some of the most common, but nastiest of office dwellers. While their poses and postures may seem alluring, their painful bite has been well documented. Come with us as we

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If it’s Broken, Fix it!

Is your chair broken? Twisted? Does the cylinder keep giving you that sinking feeling when you sit on it? Is your seat foam in a constant state of depression? How do you think your back feels? If your car isn’t running well, you take it to a mechanic. Most of us use our office chairs

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Monitor Setting Tips for Glare and Positioning

Q: Won’t a close monitor bother my eyes or project ‘radiation’? A: Those worries about monitor radiation from CRTs were resolved years ago, and flat screen technology is totally different and much easier on the eyes. If you find the monitor is too bright or it bothers your eyes to have it close try adjusting

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Office Safari (Part 2 – watch out for these guys!)

Offico Craniamus Vulturiens Distinct behaviours: Prey: Known weaknesses: How to ease their pain:

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Office Safari (Part 3)

Offico Spinus Reclinusmaximus Distinct behaviours: This squiggly species is singled out for their ability to significantly change shapes throughout the work day. These creatures are known to appear erect in the early morning, only to slowly contort into slinky, slouchy postures by the middle of the afternoon. Habitat Many of these creatures spend their full

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Phone Use and Taking Care of Your Neck

Have you noticed that as the office evolves, our desks fill up with more and more tools aimed at helping us work faster and faster? Too bad we only have two hands… Cradling the phone handset between the ear and shoulder while writing or typing on your computer is a quick way to cause strain

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Monitor Do’s and Don’ts

As you go out on your next ergo reconnaissance mission, be on the look-out for monitors that are trying to escape or evade being seen. Some monitors tend to migrate and make a run for the edge of the desk, while others climb on top of piles of paper, books, or monitor risers until they

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Monitor Positioning and Your Eyes

Q: What exactly is the ideal monitor height? A: Monitors should be set so that the top of the screen is roughly at eye level when you are sitting up straight. Why? – Relaxed posture for the human eye is 15˚ below the horizon. We all slouch occasionally, so before you know it your relaxed

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