Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Getting rid of the aches and pains

Students vulnerable to MSD too ...

?As students, we experience the aches and pains from working at computers for long hours and leaning over exceptionally large books. But what if we could eliminate that physical strain, improving our overall quality of life?

Christy Lelovic has been a Health and Safety Specialist for 10 years, and, according to her, with a little help from ergonomics, protection from aches and pains are a possibility.
Ergonomics is the process of "looking at people and how they interact with their environment," said Lelovic, who has written three books on the subject, which are currently used as internal employee training texts for municipal governments in Ontario.

The improvements made to an individual's environment can create a more comfortable and safe working space that can reduce the chances of developing musculoskeletal disorders (MSD). Lelovic believes that many injuries can be prevented through improvement of one's posture and body mechanics through ergonomics.

But what does this mean to the student world?

"MSD takes so long to develop that people who have been students for much of their lives can suffer more than a person who does not spend a lot of time in front of a computer. The habits and damage that cause MSD begin as a student, and take many years to manifest and develop," said Lelovic. "Once you have a MSD you typically have to manage with it for the rest of your life. That's why students should be proactive to prevent MSD from developing."
Lelovic not only suggests that good ergonomics can help students' health in the future but she believes it can improve their studying too.

"When our bodies are not under strain for four hours of study in an ergonomic set up, not only will it be much better for our body but our mind as well," she said. "When your body is not under strain your mind can focus on studying, allowing you to think more clearly."    (Continued via The Brock Press)    [Ergonomics Resources]

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