Ergonomic and Easy-to-Use Products Can Help Arthritis Sufferers’ Symptoms

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Just in time for Arthritis Month (May), here is a story on the advantages of ergonomics in consumer products. Discussion includes Dr. Jay Finkelman, a Certified Professional Ergonomist. Also discussed are some cool trendy new products.

Just in time for Arthritis Month, here’s a helpful advisory: grocery shopping can be harmful for wrist and finger joints, as well as circulation. Carrying grocery-laden heavy plastic bags from the shopping cart to the car and from the car to the home on a weekly basis can weigh on wrist or finger joints cutting off circulation to the fingers, wrists and even arms.    Now, arthritis sufferers seeking comfortable, convenient, joint-friendly portability, can get a grip on shopping with an ergonomically designed household aid called the EZcarry.

“Ergonomics is the application of scientific information concerning humans to the design of products, objects, systems and environment for human use,” explains Jay Finkelman, PhD. and Board Certified Professional Ergonomist. “Today, workplace environments, home offices and even leisure living spaces utilize ergonomically designed products to help improve the proficiency and productivity of employees or to simply make daily living more comfortable, convenient and healthier.”

For example, Dr. Finkelman points to such helpful ergonomically designed office aids and home furnishings such as split keyboards and foot rests, which are more optimally designed to support peoples’ natural positions at rest. For arthritis sufferers, there are also a wide variety of ergonomically designed tools including lightweight, easy-to-grip pens that help reduce writing stress and fatigue, washers and dryers that help reduce bending, easy-to-handle gardening equipment, pharmaceuticals with easy-to-open caps and even golf clubs that help to minimize painful effects on joints while swinging a club. Developed following six months of national market research, one of the newest arthritis- friendly devices is the EZcarry.

When carrying packages or groceries, most people with arthritis and joint stiffness have learned to be creative in the way they distribute them (like hanging the bag loops up the entire arm length). Because the design of the EZcarry distributes the weight of packages more evenly across the hand, it allows everyone – young or old -- to carry multiple grocery and mall shopping bags and dry cleaning hangers more comfortably and conveniently than ever imagined.

Just slip all the bag loops past the opening to the special dip in the suspension bar. Instantly, the load is centered beneath the wrist, easier to handle, and it stays that way. A special “stopper” at the end of the suspension bar prevents bags from falling off – even while in the trunk of a car. Plus, consumers will have a free hand to find keys, open and close doors, or hold their child’s or grandchild’s hand.

Perfectly sized to carry in a purse or pocket, yet strong enough to hold 50 pounds of purchases, the EZcarry is priced at $9.95 and is available at select retailers nationally. It is also available on line at http://www.theEZcarry.com and http://www.amazon.com.

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