Are you working from home during the current COVID-19 situation?
You might be concerned about your desk set up or be interested in preventing issues such as neck and back pain. This article will briefly cover the topic of ergonomics and provide some general information relating to posture (facts and misconceptions).
What is Ergonomics?
According to the HSE, ergonomics is the “relationship between the worker and the job and focuses on the design of work areas and work tasks to improve work performance”. While the term is used in relation to all workplaces and work tasks, most people will associate it with desk based work involving computer use.
The HSE have provided the following image as part of a ‘Display Screen Assessment’ checklist:
In addition, here are some helpful tips to improve the ergonomics of your workspace whether at home or in the office:
What about bad posture?
The best current evidence would suggest there is no single “correct” posture. In addition, research has shown to date there is no relationship between postural factors, including the shape and curves of the back and even the way we use our spine, to that of developing back pain.
That being said, if you have back pain, posture may affect it and sitting for long periods of time should be avoided. Physios will commonly advise their clients to shift positions rather than focus on having the perfect posture and this may be where desk based exercises (in addition to frequent standing breaks) can be helpful.
The best advise as is often the case is to remain active and take breaks if you are desk bound in the office or at home.
If you are looking for advice on Ergonomics and Posture from a Physio in Dublin, you can book in to see one of our experienced Physio’s to get a more individualised assessment and treatment approach? You can now book an appointment at our Blanchardstown Physiotherapy Clinic, our Castleknock Physiotherapy Clinic or our Old Bawn Physiotherapy clinic through our website www.somertonphysio.ie, email us on [email protected] or call us on 01 9069566.
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