Experts in Ergonomic Analysis, Education and Exercises.


Health Talks for Employees

Are you up-to-date on the latest research for preventing repetitive strain injuries?

Avoid making costly decisions based on old theory or “expert” internet advice instead of research evidence.  The following presentations apply the most recent research articles to age-old problems and concepts so that you can be confident your employees are getting the right information and you can make informed decisions for your ergonomic solutions.  Along with standard topics listed in the seminars below, we will provide you with reliable internet resources that we have found to be helpful.  

Although these presentations can be generic to all industries, we prefer to make them unique to your company by providing injury stats for your industry, getting a list of questions from you and your employees, and even visit the worksite prior to the presentation to help us understand the nature of the work.  We want your employees to be able to identify potential risk factors and apply basic methods to solve ergonomic problems based on the current research.


Lower Back Injuries - revised and revisited

This seminar focuses on research-based principles and theory regarding back care and ergonomics.  Topics include:

  1. The three reasons our backs become injured

  2. Anatomy of a back injury

  3. The “big three” exercises to rehabilitate and prevent low back problems

  4. Core stability - learn how to activate your core in 5 seconds

  5. Lifting:  The myths, the new research and 5 essential strategies for lifting.

  6. Differences in men and women and age differences - ways in which older and younger workers are both at risk

  7. Sitting and whole body vibration with equipment operators - the top 3 factors that contribute to low back problems

  8. Review of common “ergonomic” products - mats, tables, chairs, donuts

Arm/hand and Neck Repetitive Strain Injuries

This seminar focuses on common injuries associated with the arm, hand and neck as it relates to repetition and load.  Topics include:

  1. 5 signs to tell if you are just sore or at risk for a repetitive strain injury

  2. Anatomy of an injury

  3. The three most common upper extremity injuries and how to avoid them

  4. Impulse, impact manual tools - the latest research about vibration, weight and tool selection.  Do anti-vibration gloves work?

  5. Key stretches and strengthening exercises that work

  6. Current research on work/rest ratios and how to decide on a good job rotation

  7. Splints/braces/orthotics.  How to tell if it will be useful, when to wear it and when to take it off

  8. How psychosocial factors contribute to injury

Office Ergonomics

This seminar reviews the current research on setting up your work station so that it is ergonomically correct. Following this presentation, employees will have a solid understanding of how to critically review their work area and make adjustments.  Additional topics include:

  1. Does adjusting your workstation actually help?  Old vs. new philosophy

  2. 7 key strategies at your workstation essential for preventing injury

  3. A practical checklist and alternative positions that work

  4. Sitting - should you sit on a ball, sit straight, use a kneeling chair or stand? 

  5. Ergonomic mousing devices and keyboards - which ones work, which ones don’t and where to find them

  6. Splints/braces/orthotics - how to tell if it will be useful, when to wear them and when to take them off

  7. Exercises and stretches for common upper extremity and neck problems

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iPM Newsletter Articles

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Keyboard Trays - Are They Necessary For You?

Myths of Sitting

Anti-vibration - tips for equipment operators and tool users

Sitting on ball while working- Revolutionary or just another fad?

Do workstation adjustments actually help? Part 2

Do workstation adjustments actually help? Part 1

Four exercises that can work for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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