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Ergonomic Education

At Nashville Neuromuscular Care, we believe that an ergonomic evaluation should focus on employee behavioral work methods and postural patterns.

Your therapist will discuss your home and office workstation and help you adjust your desk, keyboard, chair, and monitor arrangements to better support a neutral and efficient posture. Thus, reducing the risk for pain caused by musculoskeletal disorder. We can also discuss your sleeping patterns and make suggestions on how and where to make improvements to enhance comfort. We work with our clients' car seats to create a better design for the body positioning to avoid strain while driving.​

 

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.

 

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.

Ergonomics FAQs
 

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.

 

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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 Care 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 phone posture to encourage a neutral body position

  • Discuss lighting issues and monitor glare 

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