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Argument Against Prolonged Standing
Standing has some benefits, but it also has some physical drawbacks. Even in a job where standing makes the task easier, there are some other things that need to be considered in designing the job.

New Parents and Repetitive Strain
The physical stresses and strains of new parenthood are quite different than most people are exposed to in other aspects of life. There is a lot of static stress – e.g. holding positions, often against gravity and a small weight – for extended periods. This can make a BIG difference in comfort.

Beginnings for New Parents
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.

Hips, Knees and Legs - Sitting Issues
In Ergonomics one solution can sometimes work to solve several problems. In the case of sitting issues with the hip, knee and legs, this is particularly true - especially when all three body parts are affected. After all, the leg bone is connected to the knee bone...

Carpal Tunnel, Paresthesia and Pregnancy
The news of a pregnancy generally a time for celebration. The new life is anticipated over the next 9 months as the parents prepare their lives and their homes for the new arrival. With her body under unaccustomed stresses, the mother-to-be may have unexpected problems wtih Carpal Tunnel.

Ergonomic Injury and Healing
Why does one person doing a task end up with a Repetitive Strain Injury while another (who is essentially the same size and build) doing the same task at the same speed doesn’t? One answer may be found in the hippocampus.

Anthropometrics and Ergonomic Evals
Anthropometry is how the ergonomist takes the measure of a man – or woman. It is the way that limbs and joints are measured so that a consistent picture of the population is developed. Ergonomists use these measurement in designing or choosing equipment, in designing controls, and in selecting tools

The Speed Accuracy Tradeoff
“The faster I go the behindeder I get” is often used to describe problems with the Speed - Accuracy tradeoff. The person has made the wrong choice in opting for Speed over accuracy. Then, they have to re-do what should have already been complete.

Thumb Pain - DeQuervain's or Arthritis?
Thumb pain may be growing into an epidemic in today's world of mini and micro technology. What causes the pain? Amazingly, there are two main physical causes: Thumb Arthritis and Thumb Tenosyovitis.

Mouses and Mousing
Mousing seems deceptively simple. In fact if can involve almost all parts of your body in a dance of balance and coordination. This article presents a discussion and 10 basic Tips for Good Mousing.

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