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Sprain or Strain in the Neck, Back or Wrist? How to Eliminate Discomfort and Optimize Prevention

Sprain or Strain in the Neck, Back or Wrist? How to Eliminate Discomfort and Optimize Prevention
December 7, 2012 at 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET
Muriel Ojo, author/ speaker/therapist(Helping Hands Therapeutic Services)
In the twenty first century, technology is utilized by over 90% of the work force. Multiple hours every day is required for many at a desk in front of a computer, laptop or other electronic devices. Loss of income, decreased work performance due to sprain and strains in back neck and wrist have proven to be a great contributory factor. Symptoms can include muscle pain and spasms in neck, shoulders with possible tingling and numbness in arm from extended periods of phone use. Positioning is a key component to many disorders. Making the work space fit your postural alignment and not your body fit whatever work space present is one of the key components to health and wellbeing.

Occupational injury and illness incidents in health care and social assistance have been known to account for 1 out of 5 incidents in the private industry. Improve your posture and prevent the pain and strain of all day working with these simple tips that can be applied immediately. Education on the movements that can cause discomfort or pain and recommended strategies to use can prevent further issues from arising and relieving some present symptoms. There are adaptations for work environments and personal work space as well as equipment to complete tasks and not lose efficiency. The key component is safety. The goal is to maintain efficiency and prevent injury from developing when long periods of repetitive type movements have to be performed. By implementing simple techniques with education, fewer complaints can be the result.

Who Should Participate
This course is for all who work in the work place and invest hours in front of a computing device or manage people who is required to function in front of a device.
What You Will Learn
This session will look at the following:
  1. Causes of strain and sprain in the neck, back or wrist in the work place
  2. Results of these causes when not addressed
  3. Prevention of these causes by ergonomic and postural intervention
  4. Ways to address some present sprains and strains with everyday adaptive devices and techniques
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Name Comment Rating
Image of Heather  Shindelbower Heather Shindelbower
CH2M HILL, Inc. (World Headquarters)
4 / 5
Very Good Presentation
2 / 5
Poor Presentation
Image of Tierra West Tierra West
Ac Moore Arts & Crafts Inc
3 / 5
Good Presentation
Ilsco of Canada
3 / 5
Good Presentation
Image of Sara Sheehan Sara Sheehan
Lerner, Sampson & Rothfuss
3 / 5
Good Presentation
Image of Rhonda Coffey Rhonda Coffey
3 / 5
Good Presentation
Image of Kari Misterek Kari Misterek
3 / 5
Good Presentation
Image of Jamielle Kim Jamielle Kim
National University
1 / 5
Bad Presentation
Image of Jolene Larson Jolene Larson
Caribou Coffee Company, Inc.
3 / 5
Good Presentation
Image of Jason Collins Jason Collins
ProService Hawaii
3 / 5
Good Presentation
5 / 5
Excellent Presentation
Image of Erika Ambourn Erika Ambourn
Edina Realty Home Services
felt it was very slow and she shared more on what injuries are than how to prevent and treat. she was a bit hard to understand.
Image of Alisha Dominique Alisha Dominique
Midwest Tape LLC
I thought the speaker was very dry. 3 / 5
Good Presentation
Image of Jan Miyamoto Jan Miyamoto
County of Kauai
Most of this presentation was focused on an office environment. For my organization the injuries typically occur with employees out in the field doing heavy manual labor (public works parks) or ones with sudden unexpected occurrences requiring reflexive action (police fire). I would be interested in hearing how injury avoidance can be introduced in these environments 3 / 5
Good Presentation
Image of Barbara Srodulski Barbara Srodulski
Safety Is My Business, LLC
"Presentation included ""next slide"" a few times too many. Please don't read to me. Did enjoy the additional information she discussed on some slides." 3 / 5
Good Presentation
Image of Lester Halpert Lester Halpert
Advanced Safety Services
Speaker had very boring voice. Some information presented could be debated it the infomation was correct. Speakers answer was incorrect and even iilegal. Employee had prexisting problem/injury and while working for current employer wrist/injury problem did not get better with employer trying to provide ergo aids and training; as least in Calif. the employer would be required to put in a wc claim for employee. 2 / 5
Poor Presentation
Image of Verna Leong PHR Verna Leong PHR
CareResource Hawaii
Thank you. 4 / 5
Very Good Presentation
Image of Virginia Ward Virginia Ward
Hammond Electronics, Inc.
Thanks for reminding me I need to position my workstation to get more in-line with my body not the other way around! Makes so much more sense than being uncomfortable which is what I do! 4 / 5
Very Good Presentation
Image of Miriam Berger Miriam Berger
A Hire Authority

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