Thursday, September 06, 2007

Ergonomically correct

A basic article on musculoskeletal injury in the workplace ...

"A long day at work can take a toll on the body, which is where ergonomics, the science of adapting working conditions to the needs of workers, comes into play.

While most people would think those who do heavy lifting on a regular basis would experience more back problems than office workers, that’s not necessarily true, say local chiropractors: Chronic pain due to poor posture and repetitive motions often affects those who work in an office environment.

“There’s no question — computers,” said Dr. Robert W. Levine of the Levine Clinic Chiropractic in Farmington Hills in regards to the biggest culprit of chronic pain that he treats.

Sitting for long hours, twisting to reach the keyboard or phone, looking up or down at the computer monitor and slouching are just a few of the culprits that can cause chronic back, neck and shoulder pain, not to mention headaches, fatigue and general discomfort.

“The most common causes of musculoskeletal injury in the workplace, including neck and low back pain, are poor seating, standing and lifting postures. This can be due to poor workstation setup, including desk arrangement, computer arrangement and non-adjustable seating,” said Dr. Aaron Lundgaard of Total Health Systems in Clinton Township.

Many of these aches and pains can be alleviated by simply making the workspace more conducive to proper posture, starting with sitting properly.

“Sitting is the biggest culprit of back pain that most people are not aware of. … One of the worst things is sitting wrong. When we sit, we lose posture, we slouch, the head goes forward — this throws off the biomechanics of the spine,” said Dr. Mary Wlodyga Frye of 1st Chiropractic Life in Warren, noting that sitting produces almost three times more pressure on the lower back than standing.

“Sitting is more strenuous than standing. In other jobs people get taught how to lift properly— there are no instructions on how to sit,” said Frye."    (Continued via C&G Newspapers)    [Ergonomics Resources]

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