Ergonomic Products

USC Lab Selects Height Adjustable Tables

USC Lab Selects Height Adjustable Tables

Last month I wrapped up a project with the University of Southern California in which they decided to use Right Angle Products New Heights Series 4 height adjustable tables.  The students in the lab are of all shapes and sizes, so incorporating the height adjustable lab tables was perfect. USC decided on the New Heights XT model for it's heavy duty capability. The XT Series height adjustable desk has a travel range of 24-51" with a two stage leg and with a lift capacity of 160 lbs per column this table can handle anything thrown its way.  The control panel is easy to operate with an iphone touch screen and slides under the work surface for protection against employees bumping into it. Right Angle also offers a 3-switch programmable for multi-shift environments. Sit stand desks are perfect call centers, offices, schools, hospitals and libraries. Right Angle can even retrofit the bases to your existing work surfaces.

USC Finished Project
USC Finished Project

The height adjustable legs are available in anodized aluminum black or silver finishes. Plus Right Angle offers 9 different laminate options. Visit our contact page if you would like to see a live demo of the New Heights Series 4 in the Southern California area.

laminate colors
laminate colors

Turkey Neck

You might be asking yourself, what the heck is a turkey neck? As women and men, we are all too familiar with the unwanted excess skin below our chin. We are all at risk of getting older and as we age our skin loses it's elasticity which creates this sagging skin. Some people will start to see this sagging as early as their twenties. When you discover this sagging skin, whether you are young or finely aged, it can and will get worse as you get older.

Who, or what, is to blame for this turkey neck? Mom and Dad? Excess weight gain? Yes, these things can play a role. However, did you ever think your computer screen could be to blame? If you are one of the many people with a career that has you typing away at your computer most of the day, you are most at risk for turkey neck.

When it comes to ergonomics, we are trained to put your body in the proper alignment when seated, or standing, at your workstation. Most people aren't aware that they are staring down at their computer. The proper alignment for your neck is to stare straight ahead at your computer. Monitor arms allow you to adjust your computer screen to your proper height and eye level so that you are not staring down at your computer. Ultimately, this improper posture causes strain on your neck muscles and contributes to the unwanted sagging of skin below your chin, aka turkey neck.

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Pregnancy and Ergonomics

Pregnant with back pain? An ergonomic chair can help!

It is no secret that pregnancy comes with a lot of discomforts, back pain being one of them. The majority of employees working in an office setting spend about seventy percent of their workday sitting in a chair. Today, it is common for employers to offer ergonomic work stations to their employees. If you are an employer with a mommy to be on staff, one of the many women that work during your pregnancy, or have a spouse that is working during her pregnancy, investing in an ergonomic chair may be the answer to relieve back pain associated with pregnancy and sitting for long periods of time.

Each person has a specific body type and no one chair will suit the needs for all people. An ergonomic chair is specifically suited to a worker's body dimensions, their particular workstation, and the tasks that must be performed there. It is not easy to select the right ergonomic chair on your own, but with the help of a knowledgeable consultant you will be on your way to relief.

We agree with the advice of parentingweekly.com, when selecting an ergonomic chair you should consider the following features:

  • Adjustable seat height. This is important if you want to continue using the seat after your pregnancy.
  • Contoured seat. This allows your buttocks to fit comfortably from the first time you use the chair instead of waiting until frequent use molds the seat to your body (which would take a lot longer than your pregnancy will!).
  • Firm and comfortable seat and back pads. It can be divine to sink into a cushy chair, but a firm one guarantees you comfort and support over time.Sloping front edge to the seat. This prevents your knees from pressing against it too hard.
  • Armrests that fit your arms. They should be molded so that they're comfortable and they should be at a height that feels natural to you.
  • Adjustable backrest. This will ensure your back and lumbar are well supported to prevent slouching and additional pain.

WebMD recommends the following posture during pregnancy to alleviate unnecessary strain and discomfort on your changing body:

    • Sit up with your back straight and your shoulders back. Your buttocks should touch the back of your chair.
    • Sit with a back support at the curve of your back.
    • Distribute your body weight evenly on both hips.
    • Keep your hips and knees at a right angle (use a foot rest or stool if necessary). Your legs should not be crossed and your feet should be flat on the floor.
    • Try to avoid sitting in the same position for more than 30 minutes.
    • At work, adjust your chair height and workstation so you can sit up close to your desk. Rest your elbows and arms on your chair or desk, keeping your shoulders relaxed.
    • When sitting in a chair that rolls and pivots, don't twist at the waist while sitting. Instead, turn your whole body.
    • When standing up from the sitting position, move to the front of the seat of your chair. Stand up by straightening your legs. Avoid bending forward at your waist. Upon standing, do several pregnancy-safe back stretches.

Once you have chosen your ergonomic chair, remember to sit all the way back in your chair, using the backrest at all times. This will allow your chair to support your entire body and give you the rest you need.

Consider a sit stand desk to help relieve pressure on the spine and hips. When standing for long periods of time we recommend an anti-fatigue mat.