17 Mar Is Your Kitchen User Friendly?
Your kitchen should be a place of comfort and nourishment for you and your family, not a source of backaches, wrist pain and sore feet! Whether or not you are currently wrestling with an existing injury or ailment (like tendonitis, carpal tunnel, arthritis, back pain, etc.) or just want to be more comfortable and efficient in the kitchen, h ere are some ideas of how to work in comfort and get the most out of your kitchen.
- Sneakers (and other supportive shoes) do wonders to support your feet and protect your lower back.
- Stand on a kitchen mat (or anti fatigue mat) as this will ease the pressure on your feet, knees and lower back.
- If you have to bend over when washing dishes, widen your stance.
- Make sure to bend from your hips and bend your knees (while keeping your head and back aligned) to load and unload the dish washer.
- Install slide out drawers in your cabinets for easy access to your stored goods.
- Always prepare your food as close to your body as possible.
- Work with utensils that have fat handles to avoid over-gripping.
- Work with pots and pans with double handles to evenly distribute the work load.
- Make sure your counter heights are at or slightly below elbow height.
- Organize your work area in an easy reach circle.