Individuals with neck, back, shoulder, and upper extremity limitations may benefit from using ergonomic hand and power tools. Ergonomic hand tool designs allow users to maintain neutral postures while minimizing wrist deviations. Users also have an easier time keeping shoulders relaxed by using lightweight tools. Mechanical stressors such as misaligned finger grooves, sharp edges, and single finger triggers should be avoided. Vibration from the tool should be minimized, and heavier tools can be suspended from tool balancers when possible. Spring loaded returns on tools such as scissors and pliers are also a part of good ergonomic design.
A personal transportation or mobility product differs from a wheelchair, scooter, or walker in that a person can sit or stand and use forward or backward movements to propel the device. These products can be an alternative to a traditional mobility device.
Scooters can be used by people with mobility impairments who do not need a wheelchair but who have difficulty walking for various reasons, such as fatigue or muscle weakness. Scooters come with a variety of options, such as baskets, armrests, plain or plush seats, and all-terrain capability.
Walkers can be used by people with mobility impairments who do not need a wheelchair but who have difficulty walking for various reasons, such as fatigue or muscle weakness. Walkers come in various sizes and options, including having wheels.