Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Avoiding health hazards at work

Preventing the injuries from working in an office ...

"Today most of us spend our working days carrying out repetitive activities in awkward or static postures. At first we will not be aware of this because it feels comfortable. If we do not sit properly, take regular breaks and also use correctly positioned furniture and equipment, we can become vulnerable to pain and discomfort.

Prolonged sitting postures incur static muscle work, which is less efficient than dynamic muscle work, and allows a build up of lactic acid - a thick colourless fluid formed during muscular activity by the breaking down of glycogen - causing fatigue and aching. To offset this, it is essential that exercises are performed at frequent intervals during the day.

Common problems include a range of work - related disorders, such as pain in the limbs, fingers, forearms, neck, shoulders and back. These conditions are usually related to overuse and can become debilitating if left untreated.

The good news is that these disorders are preventable. Physiotherapist can successfully treat the symptoms and identify some of the possible causes. This article helps you to identify your risks and offers simple exercises you can follow to help prevent the onset of problems.

Risk factors
These disorders can affect people in many type of work, including those who spend long period at their desks, computers and production workers who frequently repeat the same pattern of movement.

It can even cause problems to drivers and those who play musical instruments or participate in sport.

* Prolonged maintenance of awkward or static postures.

* High rates of repetition.

* Frequent exertion of force.

* Heavy lifting or handling.

Even stress, which causes muscles to tense, can be a contributing factor as can adverse working environments, such as those that are too hot or too cold, inadequate illumination, poor air quality and noise levels, need attention."    (Continued via Sundayobserver)    [Ergonomics Resources]

Office Posture - Ergonomics

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