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A work day can be made more comfortable for your employees and yourself by providing the support that aching or injured muscles and joints need. Braces for the back allow safe sitting or protect the back while lifting heavy objects, while the right brace or support for wrists and forearms can keep hands and arms correctly aligned for a long day at the keyboard and stave off repetitive motion injuries. People who walk or stand as part of their job may appreciate the support that knee and ankle braces provide, with options available that slip unnoticed into shoes and under clothing.
Help protect the back with versatile elastic back braces that allow the wearer to increase the tension before each lift. Models with suspenders can be chosen to provide added stability and abdominal support. Upper-back support braces are ideal for employees who drive or sit for extended periods because they improve posture by keeping the upper back straight, while remaining discreetly hidden beneath clothing. Lumbar support braces with steel stays enhance the spine's natural curve while easing pain and pressure in the lower back, and maternity supports help stabilize the pelvis and help relieve back pain by supporting the pregnant woman's abdomen.
Wrist supports help stabilize the hands and wrists of employees who sit at a keyboard all day; consider keeping them stocked in your breakroom to let employees dealing with carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis or tendonitis know you're there for them. Wrist and forearm splints speed up recovery from injury and provide full finger range of motion while immobilizing tender joints. Knee braces made of neoprene or elastic, some of them with hinges, aid in recovery from injury, once you've moved on from requiring orthopedic supplies. They also provide extra stability to workers who are on their feet all day, while ankle splints and protectors protect the foot while enhancing circulation and reducing swelling during a long period of standing.
Cervical collars are designed to help relieve neck pain and muscle weakness, and they can be a great help to workers who sit all day in one position as well as those recovering from automobile or sports injuries. Consider choosing cervical collars made with firm foam when immobilizing the neck and minimizing movements that might cause further injury. Soft foam cervical collars covered in breathable collars are comfortable to wear. Consider purchasing them in bulk for your breakroom or workplace first aid kit to have a variety of sizes available.
Compression supports for joints use knitted elastic to provide the kind of moderate compression that lets you get through your work day without causing additional strain to an overused joint while still allowing full range of motion. Opting for a wrist compression aid that fits snugly and provides a thumb hole is helpful, as you can stay at your keyboard without pain, or pull on an ankle compression sleeve to provide the support you need for stable standing and walking while still wearing your normal shoes. Compression supports come in a wide range of sizes to accommodate everyone in your work place.
Disclaimer: The contents of this article are for informational purposes only and are based on scientific and technical research noted below. The information does not constitute a medical consultation and cannot replace medical advice. Any information should never be used as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other health care provider.