Tip of the Month: Workplace Ergonomics

Since most of our jobs involve some sort of computer use, it is essential to have good ergonomic positioning.  Poor positioning can contribute to numerous health concerns, including carpal tunnel syndrome and shoulder, neck and back strain.

Many people may not realize how unfriendly their workspace is to the body. It’s not uncommon to experience repetitive strain injury (RSI) from an improperly set up desk. A number of different factors can cause injuries (yes, even at a desk), and they may not always be obvious—for example, slouching and keeping your shoulders tense can not only cause pinched nerves in your shoulders, but even hurt your wrists. If you haven’t given a lot of thought to the comfort of your workspace, it’s probably time to give it an ergonomic makeover.

Here are the most important things you’ll want to go through and change—both in your office hardware and in what you do when you’re working. (lifehacker.com)

  • Select the right office chair. Consider cushion type, arm rests, seat height, back rest height, and lumbar support.
  • Adjust placement of your mouse and keyboard
  • Use correct placement of your computer monitor placement
  • Adjust desk height
  • And correct your posture

Our therapy team at Lemoine Therapy can help evaluate any health conditions you might have related to poor workplace ergonomics and make recommendations on proper workplace set up. Visit our website or contact us today at 318-240-7680.

For visual tips on the above recommendation, watch our video on “Best Tips for Workplace Posture”.
Get the full tips by reading “Ergonomically Optimize Your Workspace” on lifehacker.com.


 

Greta Bordelon

Greta Bordelon, OT

Greta joined the Therapy Center team in 2010 and holds a Masters in Occupational Therapy from the LSU HSC in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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