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$50 Virtual Mini Ergonomic Assessment Special for Remote Workers

$50 Virtual Mini Ergonomic Assessment Special for Remote Workers

Remote Work Ergonomics Home Office

Solutions Northwest Inc. is running a special on mini virtual ergonomic assessments to keep employees out of pain while they are working from home.

There are a variety of low cost creative solutions which we can recommend for temporary work from home situations. Virtual assessments are done by phone/email/facetime and we have been successfully doing these for years.

Until 5/29/20, virtual mini ergos will be a flat rate of $50 which includes a list of recommendations.

Work from home with ergonomics in mind – stay efficient, stay pain free, and contact our experts today.

Contact the Ergonomics Experts at Solutions Northwest Inc. Below:

Multiple Locations

Corporate Office: 120 State Ave. NE #397
Olympia, WA 98501
Business Hours: 8am-5pm M-F
Corporate FAX: 360-866-4773
Email: Info@solutionsnw.com

San Diego, CA

877-976-9462

Olympia, WA

360-236-8748

Portland/Salem, OR

503-768-9742

Seattle, WA

206-521-5676

Contact our Ergonomics Experts

4 Tips to Reduce Wrist Pain from Typing

4 Tips to Reduce Wrist Pain from Typing

San Diego Ergonomics: Office Tips for Keyboard and Mouse Wrist Pain

Has typing become a pain in the wrist? If so, you don’t have to continue to suffer. 

There are small changes you can make to the way you type that will help alleviate the pain.

Let’s explore 3 of the best ways to prevent wrist pain from typing too much at your office job. 

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1. Rearrange the position of your keyboard and mouse. 

One of the fastest fixes you can try includes simply changing the location of your keyboard and mouse. Move them closer to the edge of your desk so your elbows are not resting on your desk.

This takes the pressure off your wrists as well and will help prevent them from bending and becoming uncomfortable.  

2. Sit properly. 

Bad posture can result in painful wrists, among other things. Keep both feet planted on the floor with your knees bent at a 90-degree angle. Keep your head aligned with your spine and make sure your arms are loose, not tense. 

Ensure you don’t hunch over your keyboard as you type and don’t allow your wrists to droop.  

Take a look at our recent ergonomics blog, “The Ergonomic Way to Sit at Your Desk and View Your Monitor,” for more details on properly setting up your workstation with office ergonomics in mind.

3. Take frequent breaks from typing at work.

To take it easy on your wrists, make sure you take constant breaks. Every 20 minutes you should be getting up and spending at least two minutes away from your computer. 

This will prevent too much strain on your wrists and body. While you’re on a break it’s helpful to practice some stretching, which brings us to our next point. 

4. Stretch.

If you spend many hours of the day on your keyboard, you should be taking time in between to stretch your wrists and prevent discomfort. 

An easy stretch to learn would be the Praying Pose:

Prayer Hand Stretch - Mouse

Sitting with your elbows on the desk and palms in prayer position, slowly lower your wrists to the table until you feel a stretch. Keep your palms together throughout the stretch. Hold 5 to 7 seconds, relax, and repeat 3 times.

Check out our ergonomics blog, “3 Easy Stretches for Mouse Users,” to learn more stretches.
In conclusion, making small changes in your work habits can make a big impact on injury prevention in the office.

If you or anyone else in the office is suffering from wrist pain due to mouse or keyboard use – following these easy tips is a great way to combat preventable office injury. Be sure to share these tips with your office workers and human resource managers.

To make your office staff even safer, consider performing an ergonomics evaluation for your office. Contact the ergonomics experts at Solutions Northwest Inc. to evaluate your workstation.

Check out the rest of our ergonomics blog for more advice about safety and comfort in the workplace.

At SolutionsNW.com we value the importance of a positive workplace culture. Part of a positive workplace is a safe workplace, Contact Us to schedule an ergonomics consultation or ergonomics assessment for your office today.

Subscribe to our ergonomics blog for more ergonomics tips from Solutions Northwest Inc., ergonomics evaluations available in: Seattle, WA, Tacoma, WA, Olympia, WA, Vancouver, WA, Kent, WA Renton, WA, Beaverton, OR, Portland, OR, Salem, OR, San Diego, CA, Carlsbad, CA, La Jolla, CA, Irvine, CA, Costa Mesa, CA, Newport Beach, CA.

Contact the Ergonomics Experts at Solutions Northwest Inc. Below:

Multiple Locations

Corporate Office: 120 State Ave. NE #397
Olympia, WA 98501
Business Hours: 8am-5pm M-F
Corporate FAX: 360-866-4773
Email: Info@solutionsnw.com

San Diego, CA

877-976-9462

Olympia, WA

360-236-8748

Portland/Salem, OR

503-768-9742

Seattle, WA

206-521-5676

Contact our Ergonomics Experts

Standing at Work – Follow These Easy Tips to Avoid Injury

Standing at Work – Follow These Easy Tips to Avoid Injury

To avoid the detrimental effects of seated work, many offices are converting to standing positions only. Avoid prolonged standing injuries with these tips!

“Prolonged standing can lead to muscle soreness in the back, legs, and neck. It can also lead to edema or swelling of the legs and feet.” WebMD

If you have a job where you or your employees must be on their feet all day, there could be room for injuries to occur. 

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While most of us have heard the risks and potentially negative side effects of sitting all day, prolonged standing can also lead to some significant discomfort and even injuries. However, there are things you or your employees can do to prevent any issues. 

Be aware of workplace injuries from prolonged standing.

If your job requires you to stand while working, be aware that prolonged standing can lead to muscle soreness in the back, legs, and neck. It can also lead to edema or swelling of the legs and feet. As you stand all day (without much movement) your body’s blood flow is somewhat inhibited.

Prolonged standing can even lead to painful varicose veins. Thankfully, the following strategies can help you avoid these injuries and more.

1. Learn how to adjust your workstation with ergonomics in mind.

One of the best things you can do to make prolonged standing bearable at the workplace is to improve your workstation. For example, there are various heights for tables, benches, and desks that are recommended for certain types of work:

  • Precision work should be done at elbow height.
  • Heavy work should be done below the waist.
  • Light work should be done at or near the waist.

Adjustable tables can serve to prevent lower back injuries, neck strains, and so on. It’s also important to ensure your employees have plenty of room to move around, stretch, etc. Consider hiring an ergonomics consultant to perform a workstation evaluation to determine best practices.

2. Use proper footwear.

The shoes you wear if your work involves prolonged standing are incredibly important. You need adequate support for your arches and plenty of padding all the way around the shoe. 

You also need to make sure that your shoes don’t change the shape of your foot. Your shoes need to fit your foot shape but have plenty of room for the natural swelling of your feet throughout the day.

Consider investing in a standing mat as well.

3. Use proper body movement at work.

One of the best ways to prevent injuries for you and your employees who experience prolonged standing during the day is by holding a training course to improve their ergonomics. 

How you lift, crouch, twist, and turn can all lead to potential injuries, especially if they’re done while bearing weight. A simple training course that reinforces safe movement can go a long way towards a safer, more comfortable workplace.

We strongly recommend contact an ergonomics company to establish proper training for your staff.

4. Take breaks and move around.

With any job, employees should always take at least two 15-minute breaks and a 30-minute lunch to rest their body and mind. To make the most of your breaks, read our blog on: active work breaks.

While you may be stuck standing at work, be sure to move around and get your blood moving.  When you walk around, your blood circulates through your muscles and benefits your body.

You don’t need to do exercises at your desk (though here is a list of some you can do if you wish), but get into the habit of moving around to counter being stuck standing at work all day.

In conclusion, knowing how to protect yourself or your employees from workplace injuries due to prolonged standing is important.

These are some basic tips for employees that must stand while working. However, there’s a lot more to cover, as every workplace is different. Consider contacting the ergonomics experts at Solutions Northwest Inc. to evaluate your workstation. It may even be possible to incorporate sitting once an ergonomics assessment is performed.

Check out the rest of our ergonomics blog for more advice about safety and comfort in the workplace.

At SolutionsNW.com we value the importance of a positive workplace culture. Part of a positive workplace is a safe workplace, Contact Us to schedule an ergonomics consultation or ergonomics assessment for your office today.

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5 Ergonomic Risk Factors You Didn’t Know Your Job Had From an Ergonomics Perspective

5 Ergonomic Risk Factors You Didn’t Know Your Job Had From an Ergonomics Perspective

5 Risks You Didn't Know Your Job Had

“Adapting tasks, workstations, tools, and equipment to fit the worker can help reduce physical stress on a worker’s body and eliminate many potentially serious, disabling work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).” – OSHA

No matter where you work, your computer-centric job could pose serious risk factors from an ergonomics perspective.

Here are our top 5 risk factors you didn’t realize your job had.

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1. Insufficient work breaks.

Without sufficient breaks, your posture can take a hit and have immediate effects on your health. It’s easy to get lost in a task and find yourself slouching with sore shoulders hours later.

This is particularly true for those who complete work on computers. Classic desk jobs require hyper-focus on screens, which correlates with less movement throughout the day.

If you have a labor-focused job in comparison, you are more likely to have risks related to unsafe methods of labor vs. unsafe posture. Combat this by setting a timer to take a break every half hour, at least.

On your breaks, be sure to get out of your chair and take a quick walk. This can be as simple as walking to the water cooler or even to a coworker across the room. Any break like this can help reset your posture and refresh your mind as well.

2. Watch for the risk factors of your desk and workstation.

Posture-related risk factors are not the only risk of a desk job. While you can control your posture or train yourself not to slouch, sometimes your physical desk space is not equipped for ergonomic health.

One simple fix is learning how to properly set up your computer’s monitor. For details, read our blog on how to set up your computer monitor.

Properly setting up your workstation can be complicated, consider consulting an ergonomics consultant to have an evaluation and ergonomics assessment.

3. Protect your eyes from digital eye strain.

Prolonged vision issues can arise from constant computer and tablet use. The average American worker spends seven hours a day on a computer.

You may notice that working on a digital device close to bedtime can result in low quality of sleep as well.

You may be unable to cut down on the hours you spend on a digital device. However, you can minimize the risk for your eyes.

Take frequent breaks and consider the 20-20-20 rule. Take a 20-second break in which you look at a location 20 feet away every 20 minutes. This will help protect your eyes every day.

4. Unsafe lifting at work can lead to injury.

One obvious risk of a labor job is related to unsafe lifting. Lifting from your back, instead of your core and feet, can result in job-related injuries and long-term pain.

Be sure to follow any safety procedures and training your job provides. It’s important to ask for help and put your health first, as ignoring this can result in a shorter career as well.

5. Cramped workplace can cause work injury.

If your desk is cramped or placed in a corner, your body will be under strain. No matter how best you optimize your space, a lack of space or tools can result in poor health.

Do your best to arrange a home office space with enough room and install equipment with ergonomics in mind. If you work in an office, be sure to collectively push for enough room between your desks to work in and breathe.

If you’re unsure of how to arrange your workstation, contact an ergonomics company to evaluate your workstation and provide an ergonomics assessment.

In conclusion, stay proactive to combat workplace injury.

In 2013, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) accounted for 1/3 of reported days-away-from-work. While stress and occasional discomfort are unavoidable, minimizing ergonomic risk factors is essential.

Don’t risk your health while you work. Take frequent breaks throughout your workday, set up your desk for success, and avoid cramped spaces to stay on track for health longevity.

In fact, consider contacting our ergonomics consultants at Solutions Northwest Inc. for an ergonomics assessment for your company.

Subscribe to our ergonomics blog to read more tips and tricks for keeping yourself healthy while you’re at work.

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How to Relieve Eye Strain from Staring at Screens at Work

How to Relieve Eye Strain from Staring at Screens at Work

People who spend long hours staring at computer screens at work may experience some eye discomfort. Here's how to relieve eye strain while you're in the office.

Many office workers are aware of carpal tunnel syndrome, but what about computer vision syndrome (CVS)? Computer vision syndrome includes a variety of eye strain issues, such as dry eyes and tension headaches, that primarily affect office workers. According to WebMD, “50% to 90% of people who work on computers exhibit symptoms of CVS.”

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While these statistics sound scary, there are things you can do to help your eyes during the day. Let’s explore how to relieve eye strain during the work week so you can keep your body in tip-top shape.

How to relieve eye strain.

Are you ready to relieve your eyes? The ergonomics experts at Solutions Northwest Inc., have put together these tips to help you keep your vision healthy by reducing heavy strain on your eyes.

1. Adjust your screen at work.

The closer your eyes are to your screen, the harder they work. Give your eyes a much-needed break by keeping your screen at a safe distance.

A good rule of thumb is to keep your monitor 25 inches away from your face. If you don’t have any measuring tape, just use the length of your arm. If you have trouble seeing, adjust your computer settings to enlarge the text.

Poor posture also contributes to vision problems. The top of your screen should be at eye level. By keeping your computer at this level, you should experience less back and neck tension.

Check out our guide on setting up your work desk for proper ergonomics here.

2. Give yourself a break from work.

Not only is it crucial for your mental health to take breaks from your work throughout the day, but it’s essential for your physical well-being, too. You can reduce eye strain by taking one 10-minute break every hour. 

While you’re on your break, don’t switch from staring at a computer screen to looking at your phone screen. That won’t relieve your eyes at all.

Take active work breaks, go for a walk, stretch, and move around. Take a stroll around your office, or do simple office stretches at your desk. Once you return to work, you’ll notice your eyes feeling much more refreshed.

3. Brighter is not better.

Don’t turn your brightness all the way up on your computer screen. If your screen is much brighter than your surroundings, your eyes strain more to see. Adjust your brightness level to match your surrounding workstation.

To improve your brightness levels, minimize other bright lights in the office if possible.


4. Don’t forget to blink.

When you’re concentrating, you might forget to blink. According to AAO.org, people blink one-third as much as they normally do while staring at a screen.

Blinking is how our eyes naturally stay hydrated and refreshed. When you don’t blink, your eyes start to dry up as they become strained.

Making a habit to blink frequently while staring at a screen reduces tension. If your eyes feel dry, keep artificial tears at your desk. These lubricating eye drops can reduce irritation and help your eyes stay hydrated.

In conclusion, stay proactive while viewing a screen at work.

An office with ergonomics in mind is a happy office! Spread the word to your coworkers about how to take care of their eyes while spending most of the week on a computer. Through these simple techniques, you and your colleagues can reduce eye strain and feel healthier at the end of a long work week.

Now that you know how to relieve eye strain, explore other remedies for making life at the office healthier for your body. In fact, consider contacting our ergonomics consultants at Solutions Northwest Inc. for an ergonomics assessment for your company.

Subscribe to our ergonomics blog to read more tips and tricks for keeping yourself healthy while you’re at work.

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The Top Benefits of Using an Ergonomic Mouse at Work

The Top Benefits of Using an Ergonomic Mouse at Work

According to NYPost.com, Americans now spend almost half of their waking hours staring at a screen. That translates to almost seven hours of screen time every single day!

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This increased screen time has much to do with the rise in digital device ownership and use. Today, almost three-quarters of U.S. adults own a PC or a laptop. 74 percent of U.S. employees also use a computer at work.

The rise in computer use for work has made employees prone to technological diseases. For starters, there’s carpal tunnel syndrome as well as the so-called “mouse shoulder.”

Fortunately, an ergonomic mouse can reduce the risk of developing many of these conditions. Such computer accessories can even help boost your productivity and work performance.

Read on to learn about the benefits of an ergonomic computer mouse from the ergonomics experts at Solutions Northwest Inc.

An ergonomic mouse puts your hand in a more natural position for work.

To understand all the good it can do, let’s first answer the question, “what is an ergonomic mouse?”

As a regular computer mouse, an ergonomic mouse is also point-and-click hardware. However, the latter’s design allows for more natural hand placement.

Since the hand won’t be in an awkward or abnormal position, there’s a lower risk for muscle strains. This natural and ergonomic mouse position also reduces discomfort during its use. This is especially important for people who use their computers for long periods of time.

Ergonomics gadgets help prevent technological diseases and work-related injuries.

Technological diseases result from the excessive use of computers, keyboards, and mice. Researchers also say that these ailments could be worse when using non-ergonomic devices. That’s why they recommend the use of ergonomic computer mice.

One condition which ergonomic mice can reduce risk for developing is carpal tunnel syndrome. It’s a type of nerve disorder that affects between four and 10 million Americans. It results from the “squeezing” or “choking” of the wrist’s median nerve.

Arthritis, wrist fractures, and even diabetes can squeeze this nerve in the wrist. However, any activity that places huge pressure and stress on your wrist can also compress it. This includes the use of a computer mouse, especially one that bends your wrist in an awkward way.

CTS is painful and can even be debilitating. So, rather than risk twisting your wrist, you should consider using an ergonomic computer mouse at work.

An ergonomic mouse can help relieve symptoms of existing mouse-related injury.

Sprains, strains, and tendinitis can be excruciating, especially when you move your wrist. Unfortunately, it’s often unavoidable, particularly when you use a computer at work.

An ergonomic mouse can help ease the pain and symptoms of these wrist conditions. It helps correct hand-to-mouse position, which reduces stress and tension in your arms. The tailored fit to your hand also helps relax your tired and wound muscles.

Be sure to check out our review of the Evoluent Vertical mouse.

A vertical mouse is one of our favorites at Solutions Northwest Inc. Be sure to check out our review of an ergonomic vertical mouse here:
https://www.solutionsnw.com/2019/01/22/ergonomics-review-of-the-evoluent-vertical-mouse/

In conclusion, reduce your risks of computer-related injuries with an ergonomic mouse.

There are many ergonomic mice on the market. The best type of ergonomic mouse for you can be determined during an ergonomic assessment. A trackball or other type of input device may be determined to be a better option for you depending on your job duties and medical condition.

As always, we believe every workplace should perform an evaluation of their workstations and hire an ergonomics company to perform an ergonomics assessment. Additionally, stay up-to-date in office safety and subscribe to our ergonomics blog often for more tips and tricks for a more efficient workplace.

At SolutionsNW.com we value the importance of a positive workplace culture. Part of a positive workplace is a safe workplace, Contact Us to schedule an ergonomics consultation or ergonomics assessment for your office today.

Subscribe to our ergonomics blog for more ergonomics tips from Solutions Northwest Inc., ergonomics evaluations available in: Seattle, WA, Tacoma, WA, Olympia, WA, Vancouver, WA, Kent, WA Renton, WA, Beaverton, OR, Portland, OR, Salem, OR, San Diego, CA, Carlsbad, CA, La Jolla, CA, Irvine, CA, Costa Mesa, CA, Newport Beach, CA.

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