Poor posture can be a contributing factor to daily aches and pains in your body. Whether you are sitting at a desk, lifting heavy objects or driving, poor posture can lead to muscle, ligament and joint problems or injuries.
The human body is not designed to sit at a desk and work at a computer. Therefore, it is not uncommon for people to suffer from various problems due to prolonged periods in front of a PC.
What is Ergonomics in the Workplace?
Ergonomics is concerned with how people interact with their environment and how their workplace environment can be set up optimally to fit their individual needs, taking into account posture, height, injuries etc…, so that they can perform their work efficiently and productively without causing discomfort and reducing the risk of injury.
What is an Ergonomic Workstation Assessment?
An ergonomic workstation assessment includes both detailed seated and standing posture analysis as well as an assessment of desk and computer set-up. The assessment will take into account desk size and height, the monitor and mouse position, seating set up telephone headsets or handsets, among other things.
At City Osteopathy & Physiotherapy our experienced practitioners, we are uniquely positioned with a highly specialised knowledge of human anatomy and physiology to understand how the body works and therefore how the individual workplace can be adjusted to minimise the risk of injuries and pains.
Our practitioners are also able to give corporate or individual advice sessions on Manual Handling. These can have a ‘hands-on’ practical approach as well as the more formal education component. Depending on the company’s requirements – the content of the sessions can be adapted to the needs and types of groups participants.
What are some Examples of Proper Ergonomics?
Enforced static posture is bad. With office related musculoskeletal disorders on the increase it is now widely appreciated that movement has to be introduced into the office scenario it is often said that the best posture to assume is the next one.
Find ways to create movement in the office environment.
- Take mini breaks regularly, at least hourly.
- Keep your mouse and telephone within easy reach, alternating between the left and right side may help alleviate tension in the neck and upper limbs.
- If you have a free float or recline machine on your chair, use it to regularly change your position. This will have the effect of maintaining tone in the trunk muscles, improving circulation, breathing and alertness.
- If you have an electronic height adjustable workstation, use the opportunity to sit, perch or stand whilst continuing with your office work.If you have a fixed height desk to stand up with whenever possible, e.g. when you are on the phone, talking to colleague.
- Use a headset for phone calls, don’t cradle the phone to your ear.
City Osteopathy & Physiotherapy’s practitioners are skilled at discovering underlying causes of workplace injuries and can provide excellent advice on correct posture, workstation setup and exercises to prevent pain, discomfort or injury.
Please contact us for any questions or advice about workplace health, or for further information about our on-site desk assessment services and rates.