Ergonomics is, simply, the study of work. It combines the disciplines of physiology, biomechanics, psychology , anthropometry, kinesiology and industrial engineering in an effort to reduce physical stress on the body. Ergonomic evaluation to prevent or alleviate muscle, tendon and nerve-related injury is necessary not only in the workplace setting, but anywhere that we find ourselves spending much time sitting and/or standing performing repetitive tasks. At Advance Physical Therapy, Inc., we see a large number of people with office work-related aches and pain. The most common areas affected are the neck, back, shoulder, elbow and wrist. Our assessment includes a thorough analysis of your posture, work station and behavioral habits that may contribute to the persistence of symptoms that often winds up being a chronic problem.
There is no “one size fits all” formula for the carefully designed work space and work posture. Everyone is different and symptoms can affect each individual differently. We will provide you the resources and strategies necessary to make the right ergonomic adjustments to your work station and more importantly show you how to improve your postural alignment and stability to minimize recurrence. The critical factor is making adjustments to your environment to fit you and not for you to conform to your environment.