Ergonomics, simply put, can be thought of as comfort. How comfortable are you in your workspace? How can you improve ease of access and the use of tools around you to allow for an easy and comfortable experience?
Here are some ways to optimize your workspace:
1) Make sure that your feet are flat on the floor. Make adjustments to your chair or desk to allow for your feet to comfortably be flat on the floor and then keep them flat on the floor.
2) Adjust your chair for proper spine support. If you’re in pain after a day’s work, adjustments are needed. Utilize armrests to allow for a comfortable resting position.
3) While typing be sure to keep your wrists straight with hands at or slightly below elbow level. Also keep the mouse nearby and at the same level as the keyboard.
4) If your work requires constant telephone use, invest in a hands-free headset to prevent neck aches from poor posture.
5) Keep all essential tools and utilities within easy reach. Pens, papers, staplers and more should all be within reach without the need to extend your body into awkward positions.
6) With daily use of a computer keep the monitor at arm’s-length placed behind the keyboard. Alleviate strain by periodically looking away to relax your eyes.
7) Learn to lift items, especially heavier items in the proper manner. Squat down and lift with the legs instead of just bending and using your back to lift.
While the practice of ergonomics is heavily associated with the office workplace it’s something that can be implemented in every facet of one’s life. Ergonomics aims to increase ease of workflow and thus improve efficiency while keeping you safer in the process. These concepts can be used in the office, at home, or even in the car. Anywhere where you spend a large amount of time can be improved by ergonomic implementation. See the experts at Back To Health Chiropractic for tips on how to implement ergonomics in every facet of your life.