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Workplace Ergonomics - How to Maintain Optimal Health and Energy

Written By Pelchat Chiropractic Center on November 2, 2020

Workplace ErgonomicsWhether you’re working from home or have transitioned back into your office – it’s crucial to keep proper workplace ergonomics in mind. Why – because your workplace setup impacts your overall health and energy more than you may know. 

What is Workplace Ergonomics?

Workplace ergonomics refers to designing your work setting to encourage proper work posture and to otherwise remove any risk factors that can lead to musculoskeletal injuries such as:

  • Carpal tunnel 
  • Epicondylitis
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Tendinitis
  • Muscle strains, etc. 

Depending on your job's nature, workplace ergonomics could involve proper desk setups, proper seating equipment for those who have to spend long hours driving, or even having the right equipment available for those who have to lift heavy objects throughout the day. 

How Do Workplace Ergonomics Effect Your Health and Energy?

Proper workplace ergonomics plays a significant role in your overall health and wellbeing. By improving posture and learning how to use the equipment effectively, you can avoid excessive fatigue, stress, injury, and other discomforts – all of which affect not only your mood and energy but also your overall health

3 Tips to Improve Your Work Posture

Are you looking at improving your posture or in search of tips to help your employees improve their work posture? Then you’ll want to share these three basic workplace ergonomics tips:

1. Maintain a neutral posture

Whether you’re sitting or standing, maintaining a neutral posture will ensure that you aren’t putting excessive strain on your joints. 

2. When lifting any object, work within your comfort zone 

Also referred to as the “power zone,” lifting/carrying should happen close to the body – between mid-chest and mid-thigh heights. This allows the arms and back to lift the most with the least amount of effort. 

3. Minimize contact stress

Whether from the edge of a computer desk or having to use hand tools continuously, contact stressors or irritants that cause friction can harm the body's sensitive tissues. Having the right work setup allows you enough space to minimize these contact points. The same can be said of having the right protective equipment, such as mechanics work gloves.

Need more tips? Then you’ll want to make sure you are implementing these other workplace ergonomic practices

Improving Posture Habits in Melbourne, FL

Whether it’s poor posture or poor ergonomics practices – these repetitive activities can lead to more than fatigue and stress. Constant physical stress can lead to physical injuries. The team at Pelchat Chiropractic Center is here to help you prevent those injuries. 

Do you need help or tips on improving your posture? Then contact us today to set up an appointment.

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