… good ergonomics at work

Touch Typing

Classically trained touch typists usually prefer a more upright posture when typing. The problem with this is the angle of the wrist is often extended which puts stress on the muscles and tendons which can lead to RSI.

By dropping the angle of the keyboard to a negative slope the wrist naturally assumes a flatter position, releasing tension and decreasing muscle activity. This can avoid aggravating existing problems with the wrist and forearm. Adopting this posture early on could prevent users from developing RSI problems in the wrist hand and forearm.

Reclined Typing

Many better quality ergonomic chairs promote a reclined posture. The Optimum angle to sit is reckoned to be between 120-135°. Whilst this is good for the body it creates a problem when addressing the work surface. Over reaching is responsible for many Upper Limb Disorders affecting workers neck & shoulders.

Elevating the angle of the primary work surface to mirror the angle of recline avoids compromising the users body position. The net result is a relaxed stress free posture which still allows for the worker to access the keyboard without over reaching. In the case of non touch typists this also negates risk of neck strain in respect of viewing the keys.

Touch Tablet / iPad ®

Prolonged use of tablet computers can cause different forms of repetitive strain injuries to the fingers and hands. Originally intended as a mobile device for browsing - workers are increasingly using touch tablets, to do actual work, rather than the casual use for which they were designed. This is particularly true in ‘hot-desking’ situations. Neck strain is also a common problem.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2100414/Got-iPhone-iPad-Now-prepare-injury.html#ixzz45FNtWNkA

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When the primary work surface angle is increased to the second (+16°) position the Dycem® non slip surface securely holds the tablet in place. Using the tablet in this manner promotes a relaxed, neutral posture whilst maintaining a good head position, it also encourages the user to navigate the screen with relaxed open hands using the middle digits, all of which helps to negate the sort of tension that contributes to strain injuries.

Writing / Drawing

Since the time of Dickens it has been acknowledged that using a sloping surface to write on is a pretty good idea. It is quite remarkable then that modern office desks are flat which demands that the user either bends forward to write/draw, or uses a peripheral writing slope that takes up precious room on the desk surface and contributes to a cluttered work area.

Zenki not only features the equivalent of a built-in writing slope, the fact that the angle can be set in the third & fourth position (+21°/26°) means that short and tall people (as well as those of average height) can work creatively in a position that best suits them. The Dycem® non slip surface also acts as great writing surface and ensures that papers stay in position.


The fact that paper and ink are still very high on the list of consumable stationery items indicates that reading is a far cry from being out of fashion. Lots of people struggle with reading as they hunch over their desk, a major problem for many being eye and neck strain, but poor light can add to discomfort, not helped by the shadows cast by their own body.

With the primary work surface raised to its fifth (+30°) position the user can sit back and relax. Every unit of available natural light will be used to its best effect so the information is presented with ultimate clarity and no shadows. The relaxed posture means no neck or shoulder strain - in fact the only part of the body likely to be under any pressure would be the brain - depending on the complexity of the text of course …

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