Workplace Ergonomics for Professionals

wrist painPosture plays an important role in an efficiently functioning nervous system and the achievement of good health. Alignment of the spine and connecting tissues govern how well your body works for you.

Certain body positions, with applied stress (both standing and sitting), can cause misalignment of these components, creating discomfort and dis-ease.

The average American spends way more waking hours sitting at their workspace than anywhere else. Prolonged sitting has led to adverse health effects that have become more prevalent and are often due to poorly designed work stations. The long term physical stress placed on joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves of the body is serious. Be “in the know” that much can be done to address those stresses.

Through greater awareness of how you position yourself throughout the day, especially at work, you can reduce or alleviate aches and pains. By learning and applying proper ergonomics, you can minimize the risks associated with prolonged sitting and reduce your chances of developing repetitive strain injuries. By focusing on ergonomics in your office, not only will you start feeling better, but you’ll also become more effective and productive at work.

Here are our TOP 10 WORKSTATION FIXES you can start with today:

  1. Watch your head position and try to keep the weight of your head directly above the neck.
  2. Keep your arms and elbows down by your side – think 90 degree angles at the elbow.
  3. Sit up straight! Don’t slouch – your knees, hips and ankles should all be at 90 degrees.
  4. Move your chair as close to your desk as possible so you don’t lean forward.
  5. Place your monitor directly in front of you, with the top no higher than eye level.
  6. Place your keyboard directly in front of the monitor.
  7. Keep your wrists as straight, yet relaxed as possible, by using a soft wrist pillow support to rest in front of your keyboard.
  8. Use a head set – talking on the phone jammed between the neck and ear is not a good practice.
  9. Rest your feet comfortably on the floor – if your chair is too high, place some mechanism under your feet so they do not dangle.
  10. Rest your eyes – every 20 minutes look away from the screen, close your eyes and give them a short break.

Another thought and popular trend is the standing workstation. This configuration can help relieve some of the stresses associated with long term sitting. Consider whether this would be an appropriate choice for your workplace.

Be sure to check out all of the conditions we treat, as well as the Chiropractic Services we offer at Long Beach Spine and Rehabilitation Chiropractic Health Center. We’re here to support your healthy lifestyle and help you be the best you can be, naturally.

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