Home, Garden and Recreation

Although we most often associate ergonomics with the work environment, we can use the same basic principles to improve efficiency and reduce injury risk in the home.

Beginnings for New Parents star
Parenting for the first time involves many new experiences- emotions you haven't felt before, responsibilities that are overwhelming, and there are new physical demands.

Emergency Preparedness for Health & Safety star
Although technically not an ergonomic issue, emergency preparedness can be a health and safety issue. In lieu of all of the recent events attributed to global warming, I am going to deviate from our normal ergonomic channel and provide tips and information on preparing for a local emergency.

Ergonomics in the Kitchen - Cooking Tips star
Make your seasonal and every day cooking activities more enjoyable, comfortable and safe by following these safety & ergonomic tips when in the kitchen.

Garden Ergonomics star
Gardens are a wonderful place to relax. Working in the garden can create a Zen-like mind set, refreshing and enhancing your mental functions. But, working in the garden is WORK where ergonomics has a strong role.

Happy & Healthy Holidays - Decorating Safety Tips star
A humorous Christmas poem addressing some serious dangers faced when decorating for the holidays. Basic ergonomic guidelines and ladder safety tips to keep you healthy as you hang those Christmas lights. First published in 2006.

Holiday Ergonomics - Kitchen and Entertaining star
During any Holiday or Family Event, there is particular stress placed on the hostess. For those with repetitive strain injury, this can be a time of real challenge. Read this article for some tips on managing both the kitchen and general stress.

Parenting star
Artles related to dealing with the Parenting Role- New parents and not so new parents may pick up some good tips.

Pre-Planning for Good Ergonomics star
Activites and jobs are only as ergonomic as you plan them to be. This means that as you plan the job, you need to keep the ergonomic picture in focus. What will it feel like to do the things you are asking your body to do? How long must you maintain and how often must you repeat?

Preventing Winter Hand Injuries star
Pain from repetitive strain injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome can limit our use of technology. However, traumatic injuries that cause swelling and loss of motion can also limit our ability to use a keyboard. Here are some tips to keep you injury-free while skiing and snowboarding.

RSI and Opening a Jar star
When you have a Repetitive Strain injury in the upper extremities, shoulders, back or neck, one of the daily living activities that can become very difficult is opening a jar. Here are some ideas to make it easier.

Spooktacular Tips for Halloween Safety star
Don't let an accident or injury ruin your Halloween fun. Treat yourself to these ergonomic tips for pumpkin carving & Halloween safety. Just common sense - no tricks involved!

TaiChi And Aging star
Aging has a real affect on our bodies, and a real affect on what we need from Ergonomics. This article approaches some of the physical needs of Older Adults that encroach on Ergonomics.

Tips for Relieving Hand Joint Pain star
Some tips from the American Society of Hand Therapists. "Everyday activities, such as preparing a meal, woodworking, carrying grocery bags, or using your computer, can damage your joints over time. Joint protection techniques can help reduce pain, stress, and inflammation of your joints."

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