Repetitive motion injuries are easy to sustain without realizing, and they
can greatly affect those who work in kitchens or other areas of the foodservice
industry. Repetitive motion injuries, like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, can
occur from overuse of a specific motion or poor body mechanics. Injuries
such as these often result in pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, and
a loss of dexterity. These tips can help you avoid the strain of
repetitive motion injuries while working in the kitchen.
Avoid Repetitive Wrist Motion
For those who work in a kitchen, their wrists do a considerable amount
of work. Repetitive motions such as chopping, stirring, and kneading can
cause injury. Frequent and repeated flexion and extension of the wrist
can cause friction and strain on the meridian nerve. When working in the
kitchen, try to keep your wrist straight, and use tools with ergonomic
grips. Wrist braces can also help to support the wrist and limit repetitive motion.
Avoid Mechanical Stress at the Palm
Repeated pressure can also cause injury for those who work in kitchens.
If you are working at a countertop, try to avoid resting your wrists or
forearms on the edge of your work surface. You should also use cooking
tools that do not place pressure on your hands or wrists. If available,
use machinery or tools to perform tasks, rather than using your hands.
Avoid Forceful Gripping and Pinching
Opening cans, jars, and bottles can cause repetitive strain on your hands.
Use adaptive tools, such as can openers and jar grips can help reduce
the strain and lower your chances of injury. Similarly, tools with thicker
handles can reduce the amount of pressure you need to hold the tool. Look
for adaptive or ergonomic grip versions of tools you regularly use to
protect your hands and arms from repetitive stress.
If you're experiencing pain while performing your daily tasks, you
may have a repetitive motion injury. Our Houston
work injury rehab center can help you find pain-free work solutions and treat your
Contact QualCare Rehabilitation to
learn how we can help you.