What is Ergonomics?

Typically when people think of ergonomics, posture is the first thing that comes to mind. However, Merriam-Webster describes ergonomics as “an applied science concerned with designing and arranging things people use so that the people and things interact most efficiently and safely”.  So this means that ergonomics can apply to multiple work settings, not just your computer setup. Whether you perform repetitive lifting, sit or stand at a computer, or drive for the majority of your day, there is a risk of injury due to your occupation. 

Ever since we were young, we have been told to sit up straight and don’t slouch. However, this may not be good enough to reduce aches and pains that can come with your work. Why? The human body loves to be mobile. Any prolonged position can cause stiffness, aches, and pains. Even with impeccable posture, if you are sitting at your computer for hours on end there is a chance that you can still experience aches and pains with your work. 

Similarly, if your occupation involves a repetitive motion such as lifting or working overhead, there is a chance that prolonged positioning or use of poor body mechanics can increase your risk of injury. Our bodies are the best tool we have so let’s keep it healthy!

How can The FIT Institute help with your Ergonomics?

Our Physical Therapists at The FIT Institute are experts in the human body and how it moves. They understand the importance of mobility and body mechanics to reduce risk of injury during work. 

If you have questions about your ergonomics at work or at home call The FIT Institute today at 773.799.2795. You can bring in a photo or video of your workstation to see if any adjustments to your setup will be beneficial. Your Physical Therapist will also discuss a strategy to try and get you moving more throughout the day without decreasing your productivity during work. If your occupation involves more repetitive movements such as lifting or working overhead, your therapist can evaluate your movement and positioning to see if there are adjustments that can be made to improve your efficiency during work. Regardless of your work type, a Physical Therapist at The FIT Institute can help decrease your aches, pains, and stiffness during your workday.  Contact us today at our physical therapy office at Chicago, North Center, Lincoln Square, Lincoln Park, Roscoe Village, IL.