|Tuesday Products: Ergonomic Tools|
|Written by Heleigh Bostwick Tuesday, 26 June 2012|
While many people derive great pleasure from working in the garden, they do not enjoy the aches, pains, and blisters that sneak up on them the next day. Ergonomic garden tools are one way to solve the problem.
Ergonomic garden tools are tools that are designed to work with the human body to reduce back strain, tendonitis, and other minor injuries that might result from working in the garden. They’re also great for the elderly and those suffering from arthritis. Examples of ergonomic garden tools include lighter weight pruners, clippers, and trowels with soft, pliable handles and non-slip grips or tools with longer handles so you don’t have to hunch or bend over as far as you ordinarily would.
Ergonomic garden tools are sold in garden centers and online stores; however, it’s also possible to retrofit your existing garden tools, especially when it comes to making short handled tools longer. Sometimes it’s as simple as adding an extension made from PVC pipe or adding a piece of foam to the handle.
It’s also important to make sure the tool is sharp--dull tools require you to exert more energy--and is comfortable to use. If there are ridges in the grips for your fingers and thumb, then be sure that your hand fits properly. This will ensure that the proper alignment is maintained in the wrist and hand, which helps prevent injuries from occurring.
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