Welcome to Ergo Vancouver, a Canadian-owned business based in Burnaby, British Columbia. Ergo Vancouver is a reseller of ergonomic products for the computer and offers personalized service in determining solutions for your computer-related ergonomic problems.
Wrist pain while typing, forearm pain while clicking a mouse, or shoulder pain while moving a mouse may all be signs that you need to change the way in which you work on the computer. Ergo Vancouver offers a range of ergonomic products that are designed to provide an alternate way of performing various computer tasks. These products include:
|Keyboard alternatives (including adjustable, contoured, separated, vertical, low-force, compact, small footprint, one-handed, large key, numeric keypads, children's)
Different keyboards to help deal with the repetitive effects of typing.
|Mouse Alternatives (including contoured, left-handed, vertical, hands-free, touchpads, trackballs)
Prolonged periods of holding and moving a mouse, along with frequent left mouse button clicking, can be a source of discomfort. These alternative mice offer a different way to do mouse tasks.
|Document Holders, Writing Surfaces and Trays
Help to reduce neck twisting by proper alignment of source documents.
Help to reduce neck twisting by proper alignment of books and manuals.
Make it easier to adjust the monitor position, which helps reduce neck and eye strain.
|Products for Children
Smaller, colourful keyboards and mice for children.
Separate numeric keypads allow for easy re-positioning for times when you have extensive numeric input. They can also be moved off your work area when not required.
Frequently used keyboard combinations can be programmed into one key, thereby reducing the amount of typing.
|Keyboard Arms and Trays
Offer some height adjustability and help to position the keyboard at the most comfortable level.
|Laptop Accessories (including laptop trays and stands)
Allow for more ergonomic positioning of the laptop screen.
|Seating Solutions (including chairs and footrests)
Some seating alternatives.
|Sit - Stand Solutions
For those who need to make frequent changes from sitting to standing.
|Arm Rests (including articulating armrests, wrist rests, palm rests)
Articulating arm supports and wrist rests which help reduce shoulder stress while typing.
A switch, especially a foot switch, can be substituted for a frequently used mouse action, such as left clicking.
Various devices for making your workstation more ergonomic.
|French character set Keyboards
Claviers ergonomiques avec caractères français
Throughout this website you will find Case Stories. These stories are based on my experience working with computers and people with disabilities and with the application of ergonomics to computers (since 1980). The stories are not based on specific individuals. Rather they are composites of people who experienced a particular problem or came from a particular employment background and the technology accommodations and computer ergonomics that helped these people deal with their problems.
For more details, check out the Case Stories page.
Overuse of a computer can contribute to discomfort and pain in the hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder, neck and other parts of the body. In addition to overuse, these problems can be caused by poor posture and awkward positioning of your input devices.
Repetitve strain injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow, have also been attributed to excessive use of a computer. Typically, these syndromes can result in pain, such as wrist pain or elbow pain. These pain syndromes are often triggered by specific movements - such as twisting the wrist to press the Enter key. However, the pain can also be experienced when the joint is at rest.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, perhaps the best known of the repetitive strain injuries, can result in wrist pain, numbness and tingling sensations in the fingers and thumb, and swelling of the hand. In severe cases Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can result in a loss of grip strength, which is often characterized as "being clumsy" as the afflicted person often drops things or has difficulty picking up objects.
Changing the way you sit at the computer, the position of the computer and the computer's input and output devices may help you to reduce the discomfort you feel while operating the computer.
Repetitive strain injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome or tennis elbow, take awhile to develop. Usually, the first symptoms are pain and discomfort, which we ignore because we have deadlines to meet and a job to do. The incremental damage done as we work through the discomfort can eventually lead to a full-blown injury. By the time we seek medical assistance the problem is severe.
The best advice that anyone can heed: don't wait until you are in agony before seeking a solution to the problem.
Not a Cure
Ergonomic products are not a cure for a medical problem. Ergonomic products help you to reduce the stresses that are contributing to your problem. This is done by providing a different way of working.
See your Doctor
This site does not provide diagnostic or referral advice. In all cases, if you are experiencing new or different symptoms then it is strongly recommended that you see your physician.