“Ergonomic: A Trending Term in Technology” – Part Two of Three
“Why Is Using ‘Ergonomic’ Devices Important?”
By Michelle VanHoy
In last week’s article, we discussed the meaning of the word “ergonomics,” and how it related to the world we live in today. To recap, ergonomics is essentially the study of work and how human beings interact with each other and inanimate objects. This week we are delving into the reasons that ergonomics and ergonomically designed products are so important. The simple answer is: you. You are why ergonomic devices exist and you are the reason they are important. Not just you, but every human being that has any interaction with anything at all.
You may find yourself asking, “How can I be the reason for ergonomics? I didn’t even know what it was until last week!” The answer to that lies in the purpose of ergonomics as a field of study, as well as a practice. Ergonomic devices, like the MouseDrive are designed with consumers in mind. They are created in such a way as to cause little to no strain on the user. This is especially important in the world of technology, where carpal tunnel syndrome and other tendonitis run rampant.
The University of New Hampshire Health Services website lists the possible symptoms of musculoskeletal disorders caused by not using ergonomic devices. These include swelling, aches and pains, loss of feeling or strength, tingling and burning.¹ Any of these symptoms can develop into an MSD if not treated and if the cause is not eliminated. All equipment and devices should be designed and positioned in such a way that they do not cause strain on the muscles or joints.
As you can see in the image, the MouseDrive is designed to maintain a more natural hand position during use. This means less strain on the joints of the hand and the wrist. Using an ergonomic mouse like the MouseDrive reduces your risk of developing a musculoskeletal disorder in your hand or wrist that can result in carpal tunnel syndrome and permanent nerve damage due to repetitive strain.¹
Your health and well-being depend on using ergonomic devices and proper posturing. From the work station, to your kitchen table, to your bed, an ergonomic design is key to preventing strain and injury to your joints that can cause permanent disability. That means you, your health, and your body, are the reasons ergonomics are important. There’s a whole science dedicated to making things better for you. Pretty cool, huh?
For more information on how ergonomic devices are good for your business, including reducing workplace injuries, check back next week for the conclusion of “Ergonomics: A Trending Term in Technology.”
1. UNH Health Services. 2015. Ergonomics. Accessed July 29, 2015. http://www.unh.edu/health-services/ohep/physical-wellness/ergonomics.