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ESC Computer Pain: Seven Commandments of Ergonomics©

What makes me so sure I can help with your problems?  For over 25 years I’ve specialized in return to work issues.  I have worked with people in thousands of different jobs and have been to hundreds of work places.  And I can tell you that I’ve seen literally hundreds of people who have ignored the warning signs of computer related injury and are either working with pain or trying to get back to work after a computer-related injury.  I always hear that same story!  Computer related pain always started with discomfort, with a “nagging”. Most of us don’t recognize that this discomfort is a clue that pain is coming. The first sign of computer injury is always a greater awareness of a body part.  You should not be more aware of one particular body part at the end of a work day.

Why do I think I can help you in particular? Well, when I get called in to help someone who is having computer-related pain, the ergonomic problems I find are always the same. In every case, I find that the same seven things need to be adjusted so that the computer station fits the worker.  Not only do the same seven things always need to be adjusted, but they always need to be adjusted in the same order.  The seated posture is where the problems all stem from.  When I use one or more of these seven commandments to match the computer user’s individual body shape and size to the equipment they are using, that worker has less pain when working.  Following the 7 Commandments of Ergonomics©, I haven’t had a failure yet!  In some cases, pain decreases instantly; in other cases, it may take a few days; but in every case, sooner or later benefit is achieved.

How do you ESC Computer Pain? Once you learn to recognize the clues your body is giving you, you can respond to the clues by using the 7 Commandments of Ergonomics©.  The commandments will provide you with a system to follow in order to fit your tools and equipment to your own unique body build and your own computer work station. By following the 7 Commandments of Ergonomics©, you’ll be able to adjust your chair, position your keyboard, mouse, monitor and telephone, etc. so that the soft tissues of your body can better cope with the demands of the ordinary movements of your work.

This book will show you how to use the power of ergonomics to your advantage. 

What’s in it for you? Each chapter will start with a Case History, an example of an actual ergonomic assessment I performed.  There will be step-by-step instructions on how to carry out each commandment, including pictures to help guide your intervention.  Where applicable, there is a brief anatomy lesson to illustrate the anatomical and biomechanical reason behind the commandment.  At the end of the seven chapters, there is a chapter with a checklist and at-a-glance instructions that you can use to adjust your own workstation.

What’s in it for me? Well, obviously I’d like you to buy my book, but my number one goal is to teach you about the 7 Commandments of Ergonomics. So don’t just read the book, you need to apply it as well.  That’s one of my goals – to teach people how to perform their own ergonomic assessment so that they can work to ESC Computer Pain.  My number one goal is to assist you to work comfortably and injury free for as long as you want to work.  Work smart so you can play hard! Change the way you use your computer and you can change your financial future.

Helpful Customer Reviews:

I am happy to say I am seeing improvements already
By Ron Fawcett on July 27, 2015

Read the book ‘ESC Computer Pain’ this past week and instantly became enlightened as to some of my behavior (habits) @ my work station (my office) and have made alterations. I am happy to say I am seeing improvements already, even though I was not aware of any major difficulties prior to reading this book. What I was particularly taken by in this book, was the writer’s ability to write as if speaking directly to the reader. The use of reviewing (reinforcing) previous commandments when introducing a new one was of great benefit. Brilliant!

Excellent information and enjoyable read!!
By Katybee on April 24, 2014

The information in this book is invaluable for someone returning to work following an injury (like myself) and for those who want to take steps to stop work-related injuries before they occur! The book offers interesting case-studies to help with the understanding of each commandment, and is written in an engaging and at times humorous way. The 7 commandments themselves are outlined in a clear and concise manner and lots of inexpensive and quick solutions (such as utilizing items that are found around the home) are provided throughout the book. Prior to reading this book, I had spent a lot of money on an ergonomically correct chair for my home office after injuring my shoulder skiing. The information in this book helped me to make the most of my investment and I’m happy to report that I am now working far more comfortably and productively than I was before!

excellent advice, clearly presented
By Keyboard Slave on September 16, 2013

As a medical transcriptionist (MT) and editor, I spend a LOT of time at the keyboard. And any full-time MT will tell you that pain – especially carpal tunnel pain – is a major occupational hazard. Some days I do more editing; others, more transcribing. On the days when I primarily edit, I’m painfree, but on the days when I spend most of my time transcribing, it’s not unusual for me to have carpal tunnel symptoms by the end of the day. Thanks to this book, though, I can now analyze WHY I have that pain, and it turns out that a couple of simple adjustments in my work setup can make all the difference. Thank you, Ms. Chappell! (And special thanks from my right elbow.)

I like the way the book is laid out, with one step logically following another as you work your way through analyzing your problem. I also like the fact that each chapter contains an anecdotal description of a problem/solution, a detailed anatomical explanation as to the causes of that problem, and straightforward instructions on (a) how to assess your own work setup in terms of that problem and (b) how to modify your setup to eliminate the problem. Personally, I find the anecdotes engage my attention better than the anatomical explanations, but others (especially those who have had no medical training) will no doubt be interested to learn more about how the body works and why the causes of pain aren’t always obvious. Kudos to the writer for including both approaches! Also, the diagrams are generally nice and clear, and some of them (particularly those of the hand/wrist/forearm) are so beautifully drawn that they’re almost works of art.

I’ll certainly be recommending this book to my MT friends and think it would be of considerable value to anyone who spends a good portion of their day at the keyboard.

An excellent resource and a great book!
By Ruth Hobbs on September 12, 2013

True to its title, the book shows the reader in clear and easy to understand steps how to escape computer pain. This book is a must for anyone who has suffered discomfort or pain when working at their computer whether at home or in the office. I found the pictures and diagrams really helpful, they say a picture is worth a thousand words, well it truly is. After just a few adjustments to my posture and some tweaking to the position and height of my screen and chair I was able to work for several hours without any discomfort in my neck, a first for me. Ms. Chappell clearly demonstrates her depth of knowledge and expertise in the field of ergonomics, and I would have no hesitation in recommending this as a resource for all. Thank you for making my working life comfortable again!

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