Do You Have Pesky Aches and Pains While You’re Working? Ergonomic Training Can Help
Did you know the items you use every day in your home or workplace can be modified to make you more comfortable? This is known as Ergonomics and is defined as the way in which we improve movement and function within daily life. Ergonomics typically contains certain tools or body mechanic strategies that focus on maximizing efficiency and safety, in addition to identifying/changing factors that may lead to injury. At Leaps and Bounds: Performance Rehabilitation, our physiotherapists and chiropractor can use ergonomics to help resolve issues with pain you may be facing in your daily life, in addition to helping you prevent injuries.
Why is ergonomics important for me?
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety (CCOHS) states that companies in Canada spend at least $27 billion annually on occupational injuries. By simply implementing certain health and safety systems – which includes ergonomics training, companies could reduce their injury and illness costs by as much as 40%.
These most common work-sustained injuries are typically caused by sustained posture, excessive sedentary behavior, and improper workspace setup:
- Back pain caused by injuries to the muscles, joints, or discs
- Tension headaches
- Cervical strain and pain (including a new phenomenon called “text neck”)
- Medial or lateral epicondylitis (golfer’s or tennis elbow, respectively)
- TMJ dysfunction
- Carpal tunnel syndrome (median nerve entrapment at the wrist)
- Trigger finger
- Rotator cuff strains and tears
- Tendonitis (inflammation in tendons)
Working on the ergonomics of your office can decrease your risk of sustaining these injuries, which can save a lot of money on medical bills, lost wages, and decreased productivity!
You can also implement ergonomics within your daily life, as well – everything from driving to playing sports to using your phone has room for modification!
What can I expect from ergonomic training?
Treating an injury symptomatically doesn’t necessarily guarantee that the injury won’t return. That’s why it is important to address the cause of the injury and find ways to fix it.
When you arrive for your initial appointment, one of our highly trained practitioners will conduct a physical evaluation, in addition to reviewing your medical history and discussing your work/home environment. He or she may ask you questions regarding the set-up of your desk or office, the type of tools and equipment you use, the expectations and demands of your job, and/or a summary of your typical day. This will help determine what items may be subject to modification.
When focusing on ergonomics, the goal is to improve posture awareness, energy efficiency, and body mechanics. This is done by making necessary adjustments, modifications, and changes to reduce and prevent further pain and injury. For example, we may advise you on changing the position of your computer monitor or suggest setting a time to remind you to get up more frequently to walk around and take a break. In some circumstances, specialized devices or equipment modifications (such as splints or wrist supports) may be recommended as a way to make your daily tasks more comfortable.
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In addition to the ergonomic training we provide you with, it is likely that you will also be prescribed additional physiotherapy services, likely consisting of some targeted exercises to build some resiliency to the movements and positions you do on a daily basis.
If your work life is causing you pain, it can definitely be addressed with some simple ergonomics! Contact Leaps and Bounds: Performance Rehabilitation today to request an appointment and find out how you can live your life comfortably!