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  • in reply to: Chair for Tailbone Injured Worker #44726

    kshanfield
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    There are also numerous chair cushions and inserts that have a cutout for the coccyx (tailbone).  Try looking at the relaxtheback.com site, as well as obusforme.com.  I have often suggested a sit/stand station to eliminate sitting for too long a periods. This type of computer station would involve a good adjustable chair while sitting, but also a height adjustable table that can raise up to be used while standing.  One other solution is a work station that can be used with a chair that reclines.  If this person is more comfortable in a semi-reclined position (usually takes the pressure off the tailbone), there are good reclining chairs and tables that can accomodate this position.  I would steer you towards the relaxtheback.com site to see some of their products for semi-reclined work positioning.

    in reply to: Thoughts on a scraping operation using a “pinch grip” #43389

    kshanfield
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    Katie, please let us know how it works.  Some training of the users will need to be provided as well as using the device.  For example, the arm should be supported as much as possible, and encourage use of the whole arm.  No pinch should be needed when using the Wanchik, although out of habit, folks may still want to do this. The wrist should be in a neutral position (not flexed or extended more than ten degress.

    It’s a great little tool, so hopefully it helps.
    Kathleen Shanfield, OTR/L

    in reply to: Thoughts on a scraping operation using a “pinch grip” #38712

    kshanfield
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    Hello Katie,
    As an occupational therapist I deal with handwriting all the time.  My favorite device for gripping a writing utensil when someone has weakness or no grasp is the Wanchik Writer device.  It holds the pen/pencil in a normal writing postition, yet no real grasp is required.  The motion and force come from the wrist and other arm muscles, which are usually stronger and able to handle repetive motion.  Supporting the arm as much as possible is important however to prevent shoulder and elbow problems.  You can see a picture and view ordering information on the following website:
    http://www.sammonspreston.com/Supply/Product.asp?Leaf_Id=409802
    I do not know if this will accomodate the tool you are using, but it is adjustable and possibly it can be modified for the tool.  The "typer" has an extended piece already that could be modified to be the scraper.  
    Hope this helps.

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