Disabilities that we address on this site, including the inability to sit, the inability to bend, and the need to keyboard in bed

Automobile safety for the horizontal passenger

Computer setups for the horizontal:

The Adjustment
Remapping Keybd
The Keyboards
Stilt Keyboards
Leg & Back Rests
Building Arm Slings
Tch Typist Armrest H&P Typist Armrest
Building Stilt Keybd
Building Kbd Holder
Build Laptop Holder
Build Laptop Cover
Build Paper Holder
File Holder
Word Macros
Make Back Support
Pillow Modification
Computing on Back
Recliner Chairs
Building Foam Desk
Build a Book Holder
Recliner with Desk

Computer setups for the back-lying

Computer setups for the reclining

Sleeping and reading
accessories for the

Reading and writing
stand for the standing

Music keyboard raiser

Food holder

Tray holder and standing assistance acces- sory

Raised work trays for kitchen or workroom

Raised workbench for garage

Raised massage table

Raised sinks, faucets, and towel racks

Mattresses for TV watching and eating

Using a reacher device for dressing, picking things up, and grabbing things that are too high or low to reach without bending or straining

Toilet seat riser

Living Room Floor-Level Back-Lying Remote Holder

Living Room Back-Lying Remote Holder

Two High-Leverage Shower Knobs

Raised Shower Head

Remodeled Counter and Sink Faucet and Faucet Knobs in Bathroom and Kitchen

Left-Click Microswitch and Switch-Adapted Mouse

Xkeys for Easier Drag and Copy and Paste Functions

Bathtub Saddle Remodel for Safety

Do-It-Yourself Accessibility Wrench for Pool Filters and Valves

Accessibility Pool Steps with Reduced Riser Height

Hot Tub with Safety Rail and Safety Pole

Raised Work Trays for Kitchen or Workroom
One of the nicest things you can do for a bad back and/or neck is to modify your environment so that it supports healing or at least works with you rather than against you in your quest for a less painful life. In kitchens and workrooms people often work on low counters that not only involve back strain but neck strain as well. This is unnecessary.

Find a wooden tray or get a nice big wooden cutting board. Now go to your kitchen and stack up some books or pans from a foot to a foot and a half high and put the board on it. Stand up nice and straight and tall and put your neck in its most comfy position, and then hold out your arms and put them in their most comfy working position.

Make sure you don't let your body slip into the rut of the position it's used to. Much of the pains we back pain sufferers experience are caused by doing things the way we did things before our backs went bad. The key to pain management—and I speak from experience—is to do what works regardless of what you're used to. This means modifying the environment so it works with you, not against you. This last sentence is, after all, the simplest way to describe to an alien fresh from a flying saucer the difference between humans and animals. Maybe the image I'm trying to convey here is that of a person cringing from pain as he bends over a low sink—perhaps he should be feeling like a jackass! (Been there, done that.)

Back to your kitchen experiment: how far above that counter are you in this new comfy working position? From my life experiences, I'd guess that the average person with back and neck pain likes to work about a foot higher than the average counter to best mitigate that pain—my height adjustment was 16 inches.

Go get 4 legs from your hardware store (they should come with mounting brackets) that are 1 inch less tall than this adjustment number or longer, and decide if you need to prevent slippage. If so, get 4 crutch tips or vinyl leg tips that will fit over your leg bottoms (feet), but keep in mind that if the legs are too long you'll need to saw them off, and if you saw them off you'll need leg tips that fit over the sawed ends.

If you like your legs' feet as they are, and the height comes out right, go ahead with the installation. If the height is off, you can saw off the other ends with the bolt ends sticking out, but remove these screwed—in bolt gizmos first. You'll need to redrill holes for these gizmos to go into after the sawing is done. Once you're done monkeying around with the hardware, install the legs.
Raised Work Trays for Kitchen or Workroom
Raised Work Trays for Kitchen or Workroom