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Ergo Tips in the Kitchen

In the Kitchen your can “Get your Erg On” with the following


  • when preparing foods, moving closer reduces stress on shoulders and back;
  • store frequently used items between your shoulder and waist level;
  • use a stool to reach higher items thus avoiding stretching;
  • use a rolling cart to move items around the kitchen; or
  • a “lazy Susan” helps move items in cupboards or access to counter appliances.

There are many everyday tasks that can be done with improved ease and less stress on your musculoskeletal system. 

Everyday Gadgets that you might find helpful:

  • Mini choppers add consistency to size;
  • Electric can openers;
  • Jar openers such as nonskid gripper map to increase traction AND put under bowls and other items to prevent slippage;
  • Utensils with built-up, padded handles;
  • Loop or Spring-loaded scissors for opening packaged foods and cutting up foods;
  • Cheese plane;
  • Bottle brush for washing cups and glasses;
  • Cookbook stand for raising/tilting to eye level--check out Info Center: SAVVY Saves
  • Lightweight utensils, pots, and pans;
  • Rocker knife with curved blade to cut food with one hand.

Last updated on April 30, 2015 by Ellen Meyer