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Tools that make gardening easier for arthritis sufferers
June 5, 2007
Arthritis is one of the most prevalent chronic health problems and the
nation's leading cause of disability among Americans over age 15. It
limits everyday activities such as gardening for more than 70 million
Americans. A company called Fiskars has developed tools specifically to
help with gardening.
There are plenty of manufacturers who add a cushioned grip to a tool
and call it "ergonomic" or some other buzz word. The engineers at
Fiskars Garden & Outdoor Living go far beyond that simplistic
approach, designing more efficient tools that produce less strain on
muscles, back, wrists and hands.
"Weight and power are what make a truly ergonomic tool," said Olavi
Lindén, director of new product development for Fiskars Garden &
Outdoor Living. "Handles are actually a very small part of the
equation. More power is what helps you avoid tendinitis. Extra-long,
lightweight handles help prevent back pain."
Lindén is world-renowned for his innovative designs, earning many
American and European awards. He leads a 15-member, international team
that has taken a fresh look at how people garden in an effort to design
tools that make the experience less strenuous and more enjoyable. They
succeeded. Fiskars® PowerGear® line of garden tools makes gardening so
much easier that the Arthritis Foundation® has awarded them with their
prestigious Ease-of-Use Commendation.
The Arthritis Foundation created its Ease-of-Use program to encourage
manufacturers to design user-friendly products and packaging.
Manufacturers submit their product(s) for testing by an independent lab
experienced in the design and evaluation of products that are
accessible to people with functional limitations due to the effects of
The PowerGear tools really need to be tried to believe
the difference they make. A gardener from Tennessee describes her
"I bought a pair of Fiskars loppers the other day. I have been working
on clearing a lot that pretty much looks like a jungle. I had a pair of
c u t - t e r s that were from the early 80's and a yard sale at that.
So I decided to run over to the store and see what they had. Well I
bought your brand, it had an ease of use commendation from the
arthritis foundation so I thought, hey I'll try them. My husband wanted
me to buy a less expensive pair. I am so glad I bought yours. What an
outstanding pair of cutters. I could not believe how much easier it
made my work. I actually got more work done than previously, because
they worked so well. I do not usually send "orchid" or "onion" letters
but you get an "orchid." Great job. Sincerely,"clearing the jungle in
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