Products & Recommendations January 16, 2019

ERGO PEACHES: The SKYZONAL Ergonomic Adjustable Armrest
The purpose of this series of articles and trends in ergonomics is to assist the Ergonomist’s awareness of new items in the marketplace. Comments will be made by the guest editor regarding the products and they will be graded on a scale of 5 🍑🍑🍑🍑🍑 Peaches down to a 1 Peach 🍑 rating.

5 Peaches 🍑🍑🍑🍑🍑 will signify the highest value awarded the product by the reviewer. The product will be evaluated on a combination of positive traits that could include: ease of use, ability to reduce exposure to the OSHA ergonomics risk factors, novelty, function, cost, ease of assembly and actual benefit to function.

The Staff of The Back School welcomes product suggestions or opinions on products or on the Peach reviews offered. The Editorial board will determine what will be posted.

Today we are reviewing the: SKYZONAL Ergonomic Adjustable Armrest Wrist Rest. Cost Approx. $18.00 – $30.00

The SKYZONAL Ergonomic Adjustable Arm and Wrist Rest

The purpose of this product is to support the shoulder/arm in a neutral position by strapping it to the armrest of the chair. It has already been reported that the straps are too short for certain armrests.

Positives: #1) Best used for a person who is: returning from an injury or surgery to an arm that requires them to avoid reaching, needs support from dangling or needs to avoid external rotation at the shoulder but they still wants to use their arm to mouse. This product would provide that function. #2) It is ambidextrous. #3) Moderately priced for what it claims to do.

Negatives: #1) Requires a chair with adjustable armrests (up and down, in and out) to establish the neutral posture. #2) The Keyboard would have to be positioned immediately next to the device to continue the support without reaching. #3) if used on the right arm it would require a Keyboard without the 10 key pad. #4) Some difficulty attaching it to the available chair(s). #5) Not easily adjustable to a slightly internal angled position that could provide better arm support rather than just being in a straight line with the armrests.

COMMENTS: Why would a person not move the mouse to their non-involved hand? A Keyboard tray that is adjustable with an outrigger or banana board option could be adjusted to do the same job. Providing a chair with multiple position armrests may be a better long term solution. This product should be used only for short periods (a few days to a few weeks) the same way a brace/supporting device would be used medically.

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Have you used the SKYZONAL Ergonomic Adjustable Arm and Wrist Rest? Or do you have other product suggestions? Let us know in the comments below.

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