Finding The Right Equipment

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Making the right equipment choices for your staff can be very difficult and time consuming. So why not let us do it for you?

DSE Solutions have all the experience and product knowledge required to ensure you get exactly what you need for your working environment. This could be with regards to office seating, desks, meeting tables, furniture for break out or rest areas and even the computer equipment and systems you install. We act independently from suppliers and manufacturers so that you get the right equipment…at the right price.

DSE Solutions are also experts in problem solving. Below you will find a list of common problems that employees can experience. Each one has some useful information and a guide to possible solutions. We would strongly recommend a workstation assessment if any of these problems persist.

Pain in the shoulder can occur very quickly and once it starts can be very difficult to treat. The shoulder is a very complex joint that needs to perform many different actions. By placing a shoulder in one position for too long will cause imbalance in the muscles and strain on the shoulder joint ligaments. Using a computer mouse with the arm stretched forward or with body weight leaning on the desk can cause reduced shoulder mobility and painful symptoms can occur very quickly. Associated pain can also be experienced in the neck and back and often the never path can be affected causing numbness in the arm.

Pain in the arm and hand is often linked to tension in the neck and/or shoulders but can also be caused by over gripping or repetitive actions. If there has been no obvious trauma or activities carried out that involve repetitive movements of the hand or arm then it is likely that the symptoms are being caused by poor postures at the desk. If the cause is not identified and rectified quickly the symptoms become chronic and increasingly painful. Using a standard computer mouse is one of the biggest causes of hand and arm pain due to the position it places the hand, arm and shoulder. Advice from a GP is recommended if the symptoms do not reduce very quickly and it is important that a full workstation assessment is carried out as early as possible.

Neck pain can be caused by a number reasons and advice should be taken from a GP or specialist if symptoms continue for a more than a week. However, if symptoms occur following an obvious trauma such as a fall or a road traffic accident medical advice should be taken immediately.

Sciatica is one of the most common conditions effecting employees that use a computer workstation. Sciatica is caused by pressure being placed on the sciatic nerve that interferes with the nerve path to the legs. This can be caused by increases in muscle tightness in the lower back or buttocks, however, it can also be caused by a herniated spinal disc in the lumbar spine. This is where the disc bulges and hits the nerve with painful shooting pain symptoms experienced down one or both of the legs. The leg can also feel heavy and walking can become difficult.

Back pain is very common within the workplace, particularly with those that use a computer throughout their day. This is generally caused by leaning forward to use equipment on the desk. This fixed forward position causes "static muscle loading". This increases tension within the muscles and causes strain on the joint supporting ligaments, particularly in the lower back. If back pain continues for more than a few days, particularly without any obvious cause or trauma advice should be taken from a GP.

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