There is such a thing as bad ergonomics, and let us assure you, it is far more common than good ergonomics! Ergonomics is actually an applied science- the science of human efficiency as determined by the design and arrangement of the surrounding environment. A typical ergonomic equation follows that a happier, healthier human is a more productive worker; and ergonomics is the cornerstone of this equation. However, far too many companies fail miserably when it comes to setting up their employees for ergonomic success. And far too many workers fail themselves by not taking the onus upon their shoulders to keep themselves healthy by optimizing their ergonomic situation.
Ergonomic risk factors include:
Ergonomic injuries are pervasive in the workplace because there exists a lack of awareness among the general populace regarding the importance of ergonomics. It is said that sitting is the new smoking; and it's true that sitting puts more pressure on your spine than any other standard position we will assume throughout the day. As we spend more of our waking lives seated in front of the computer, it is imperative that we take measures to prevent the accumulation of pressure that results. We can primarily exert control over our ergonomic situation by ensuring that we are aware of, and that we practice, good posture. And good posture doesn't simply happen by itself: you will need to develop the core-stabilizing muscles that make it easier to sit for an extended period of time with low-pressure posture. From here, it is a matter of creating a properly adjusted work station and environment that accounts for your unique work set-up.
At Family Chiropractic & Natural Healing Center, we want to turn the problem of ergonomics on its head and turn it into a delivery method for great spinal health! We treat repetitive trauma injuries using gentle, non-invasive modalities that reverse the accumulation of pressure which results from poor posture and poor ergonomics. If you are interested in using our services to overcome and prevent ergonomic injuries, give our office in Milpitas a call to schedule an appointment today.