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Ergonomics in the Kitchen - Cooking Tips

Ergonomic principles can help you avoid injuries at home as well as at work. As a hand therapist, I have treated a variety of both traumatic and repetitive hand injuries related to cooking tasks including: lacerations from attempts to pit avocados, slice bagels, and carve pumpkins; injuries caused by poor work practices, poor quality equipment, and poorly maintained equipment; wrist fractures from slips and falls due to spills; tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive injuries in chefs and line cooks. Here are some tips - based on ergonomic guidelines - that will make your cooking activities more enjoyable, comfortable and safe.

Avoiding Cuts
Avoiding Repetitive Injuries/Tendinitis
Avoiding Back & Shoulder Aches
Avoiding Slips & Falls
Mostly, take the time to slow down, relax and enjoy the process of cooking. Being aware of your environment and following these tips will help ensure that you spend quality holiday time with your family and not in an emergency room.

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