Tablet Use and Neck Muscles

Recent research at Washington State University identified a greater incidence of neck muscle strain while using a tablet compared to sitting with the head in a neutral position. Participants were tested in multiple positions while reading and typing for 2 to 5 minutes. They study was designed to help evaluate head and neck “biomechanics during
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Healthy Ergonomics for Touch-screen Tablets and Smartphones

Healthy Ergonomics for Touch-screen Tablets and Smartphones In a study by Harvard School of Public Health, experienced tablet users completed a series of tasks using two types of touch-screen tablets.  Each had a case that with adjustments that allowed for the units to adjust for tilt and be propped up.  The findings reveal some simple,
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Interruptions do Impact Quality of Work

Interruptions are universally common at home and in the office; however, little is known about the influence disruptions have on quality of work.   According to a study published by the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, office employees are interrupted an average of six times every hour! The research study, “Do Interruptions Affect Quality of
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ERGOhealthy Gardening Tips

ERGO Being’s Gardening Tips   When it’s time to get outdoors and enjoy your free time remember to practice good ergonomics and proper postures. Discomfort is controllable so change those habits and attitudes to be a happier, healthier, and more relaxed gardener!  Be conscientious about potentially awkward positions and movements and avoid twisting and bending
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Cost Effective Ergonomics = Reduction in RSI Injury = Health Solutions

Reading a recent article in MONEY magazine (Sept. 2013), it was great to see ergonomics being highlighted.  According to the article, musculoskeletal injury, “costs are out of control”; however, simple prevention tools are available. The goal of ergonomics is to help you create your best posture to be able to work without pain and strain to your
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Stress Reduction in the Workplace ~ Openly Communicate

Stress in the workplace affects productivity.  Whether it is the challenge to work faster, deliver the goods quicker, complete projects on schedule, it can eventually affect the workers mental, emotional and physical well-being.  The other goal is to insure that a workforce keeps working and that jobs are filled.  To do this an approach that
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Are Health Costs Rising With A More Sedentary Workforce

With the advent of technology, is it now a contributing factor to rising health risks and costs to the employer? A recent article posted from the Management Liability Insights Conference in Advisen FPN.  “A decision this summer by the American Medical Association to classify obesity as a disease, instead of a condition, has heightened concerns
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Canadian Study ~ Wellness Programs Work to Reduce MSD’s in the Workplace

A Canadian Government Department was studied for four years on a comprehensive workplace wellness program to reduce the severity of musculoskeletal disorders. The findings were astounding. The Healthy LifeWorks Program evaluated a total of 233 employees. The RESULTS: • Approximately 10% decrease in the 12 month prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders, ranging from 4% hip/thigh problems and 12% lower
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Nurturing Your Over-Used and Stressd out Digits

Statistics from the Bureau of Labor indicate repetitive motion injuries of the hands and fingers are now coming from a referral of constant hammering on your cell phone ~ and may lead to an average of 20 days or more a year away from work.  Your repetitive muscle movements (calling and possibly more than 5000
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Prolonged Standing – Your Safety and Health

Prolonged standing in the industrial workplace has workers performing their job just like an endurance athlete.  The advantage appears to allow the worker to be more mobile and to be able to move around and get more things accomplished.  In theory, it promotes more freedom, efficiency, and productivity. However, based on research, a review of
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