Workplace Ergonomics - How to Maintain Optimal Health and Energy
Workplace ergonomics has become a hot topic as of late, especially with the rise in working from home. While workplace ergonomics focuses on improving your posture while sitting at a desk for long hours, it goes well beyond that.
Improving posture at a desk is vital for millions of people. However, there are millions of individuals who work on their feet throughout the day, and who must work on their work posture to maintain optimal health and energy as well.
What is Your “Work Posture,” Exactly?
You work anywhere from a few hours to 60+ hours a week. Whether it be as a full-time mom or a part-time librarian, we are always in a constant state of motion, and we often neglect our work posture to get through our day as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Now, you may be curious about the difference between your posture and your work posture. There really is no significant difference besides spending more hours at a desk or on your feet than you do on your days off.
The Importance of Maintaining a Neutral Posture
Your work posture plays a more vital role in your health than you may think. According to the United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Musculoskeletal disorders account for approximately 33% of all worker injury and illness cases.
Musculoskeletal disorders/injuries are directly related to improper posture and are one of the leading causes of new patient visits at chiropractic centers everywhere. One way to help with these conditions is to learn how to maintain a neutral posture throughout your workday.
Neutral posture varies per individual and their occupation. For instance, to maintain a neutral posture while sitting at a desk, you may need to set your workspace up ergonomically with proper lighting, the right height desk, and proper monitor placement.
For workers on their feet, this may mean bearing your weight primarily on the balls of your feet, keeping your knees slightly bent, and standing tall with your shoulders pulled back.
Teaching Workplace Ergonomics in Fairfax, VA
If you’re struggling with proper workplace ergonomics, the team at Taschler Spine & Rehab is here to help. Our team will take the time to educate you on the proper workplace ergonomics for your specific working conditions.
Questions? Then contact us today or call our office at (703) 293-2939.