The term “ergonomics” refers to the study of one’s efficiency in the workplace, particularly for the purpose of improving and streamlining the process. Good ergonomics is highly valued, if not sometimes overlooked. Chiropractors highly recommend looking for small ways to improve your daily work tasks. This will help preserve the integrity of your spine, as well as the rest of your body.
Whether you sit in an office cubicle all day or your job requires more manual labor, there are plenty of ways to ensure that your work will not cause undue harm to your body. Below are a few tips to consider improving your workplace ergonomics.
- For those that sit at a desk for long periods of time, a proper chair is one of the most important investments you can make. Office chairs come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and heights, and many are adjustable to better accommodate its occupant. It’s crucial that you select a chair that will support your back and shoulders. You should strive to maintain good posture at all times, especially for such extended periods of time.
- Beyond just your chair, your workstation should be organized with ergonomics in mind. Your computer monitor, keyboard, mouse, and trackpad, as well as pens, pencils, documents, and other supplies, should be kept within reach. Your body should not have to repeatedly strain to reach anything. This repetition could ultimately cause serious damage to your fingers, hands, arms, shoulders, and back.
- In a similar vein, try to set your computer screen as close to eye level as possible. This will minimize any stress on your neck muscles and vertebrae. If possible, consider investing in a standing desk. This will make it easier to walk, stretch, and keep your body in its natural position.
- For those who perform manual labor, your body is especially prone to injury. Take care of yourself by following precautions and practicing proper techniques. For example, rather than bending at the waist to pick something up, bend your knees and lift with your legs. This will help preserve the muscles in your back from damage.
Workplace ergonomics may not be as highly enforced as certain other procedures and guidelines, but it’s important to recognize where your work can be streamlined for your own health and safety. If you’re feeling the effects of improper ergonomic practices, stop by Wirth Chiropractic. We would love to assist you on your path to holistic wellness. Call our offices and make an appointment today!