Ergonomics is the science that studies the physical effects of workstations, tools, and equipment on the human body. Ergonomic principles are designed to achieve maximum efficiency of the human body while minimizing the risk of injury.
The term “office ergonomics” refers to the physical effects of your workspace on your productivity, posture, and pain level. It takes into consideration the many facets of your work environment, including your computer equipment, your desk chair, and more. If your workspace is not ergonomically correct, you could experience effects such as pain and possible nerve or tendon injury. Applying ergonomic principles to as many aspects of the workplace as possible will reduce the risk of injury.
Many people associate office ergonomics and computer ergonomics with wrist injuries such as carpal tunnel. But a workplace set-up that is ergonomically incorrect could cause pain or injury to these body parts:
- Carpal tunnel, nerve injury
- Muscle strains
- Tendon injury
For chronic or acquired conditions caused by poor ergonomics, the emphasis is placed on immediate proper ergonomics workstation configuration, ergonomic equipment recommendations, symptom management, function, prevention and activity modification. When the condition results in a limited use of the hand or arm, our therapists can design equipment and splints to improve these limitations. Throughout the therapy process, home exercises and treatment techniques are included so that eventually, a home therapy program can be carried out with occasional visits to the therapist for monitoring and adjusting the home program.