WHAT IS ERGONOMICS?
Although the term ergonomics has come to mean just environmental standards and equipment concerns in the occupational health community, at the Nashville Neuromuscular Center, we believe that an ergonomic evaluation should focus more on employee behavioral work methods and postural patterns.
We will discuss your home and office work station and help you adjust your desk, keyboard, chair, and monitor arrangements so it better supports a neutral and efficient posture, thus reducing the risk for pain caused by musculoskeletal disorder. We can also discuss your sleeping system and make suggestions on how and where to make improvements to enhance comfort. We work with our clients' car seats on a regular basis to create a better design for the body positioning to avoid strain while driving.
While we no longer provide onsite services, we have a long history of working with corporate clients as well as individuals. Working with some of Nashville's top law firms, we have analyzed and corrected many work stations for employees who have previous injury or pain complaints. We now find we can do this effectively by allowing you to understand the placement goals and make the necessary changes in your own environment.
HOW WILL IT HELP ME?
People who work at a desk or computer, especially a laptop computer, for several hours a day may develop physical problems related to their jobs for many reasons. Workstations may be poorly designed and can cause physical problems, or some jobs may require repetitive performance of tasks. In many cases, employees have physical conditions that place them in a high-risk category, making them more susceptible to injury in the presence of a less-than-ideal set up. But in every case, the relationship between desk, chair, keyboard, and monitor must be adjusted to fit the physical proportions of the individual at that workstation.
We can discuss the proper placement of your home or office work station to help you recognize problems with the layout or design that may be contributing to your physical discomfort. As part of our evaluation discussion, we may request a photo of you at your desk to help us determine if any specific postural habits might be major contributors to muscular strain. We can recommend adaptive measures or changes that will help reduce this musculoskeletal stress. These educational components can lead to solutions that improve both your comfort and your productivity.
Q. What is ergonomics?
A. Ergonomics is the study of people performing tasks. We match the workplace to the worker, instead of making the worker adapt to the environment.
Q. Why should I apply ergonomics to my workplace?
A. Applying ergonomics to your workplace reduces the risk of musculoskeletal disorders. It lowers work-related injury costs and absentee time for the employer, while improving employee comfort and job satisfaction, which increases productivity.
Q. What are ergonomic risk factors?
A. A risk factor is any experience or exposure that increases the possibility of the development of repetitive motion disorder, cumulative trauma disorder, or other musculoskeletal strains and sprains.
Q. Is ergonomics just for office settings?
A. No. Ergonomic concepts improve user comfort and safety in any environment, from construction to home use with any activity performed in the process of daily living.
A discussion about the ergonomics of your workstation could be very beneficial for you if you are engaged in:
Working at a computer three or more hours per day
Working on a laptop or with multiple monitors
Repeating the same movement over and over again
Holding the same posture for prolonged periods of time
Lifting or bending
Nashville Neuromuscular Center Ergonomic Consultations address the following areas:
Identify potential pain or injury risk factors
Improve workstation design and layout
Teach proper seating and posture, and instruct user on chair features
Review optimum keyboard and mouse placement and design
Recommend correct ergonomic equipment, document placement and telephone posture to encourage a neutral body position
Discuss lighting issues and monitor glare
This service can be integrated into sessions with Rebecca or Angie.