Ergonomics is the study of making things easier to use for us humans. Whether that is to provide mechanical efficiency in gripping a piece of machinery, manipulating a work environment to minimize fatigue or redesigning a work process to improve efficiency or reduce strain to the human body, ergonomics has a dramatic impact on our lives. What many of us don’t realize is that the bits and pieces of ergonomics we have picked up along the way might actually be doing more harm than good.

The problem is that the design and implementation of ergonomics is reliant on an understanding of the principles, properties and mechanics of physics. Without this understanding any direction being given to improve ergonomic function is of questionable efficacy.

Our physical therapy team has spent years identifying patterns of dysfunction and pinpointing the ergonomic changes that need to made based on physics, mechanics and the individual needs of our physical therapy patients.

Body Positioning

Proper positioning of the body in a work area is fundamental to avoiding or recovering from an overuse injury. The most common solutions to poor positing while sitting are: Increase hip to torso angle to greater than 100 degrees Increased support of Recline in seat to 15 degrees and maintain…

Seat Adjustment, Fitting and Ordering

Seat selection is the most important equipment purchase for a workstation. The right chair can be adjusted in at least 4 areas: Chair Height Armrest Height Seat Pan tilt Seat Back tilt. Fitting and ordering of a chair by a trained ergonomics specialist can save thousands of dollars even in…

Workstation Adjustment

Sometimes, workstation adjustment is needed in addition to seat adjustment. The most common needs at the workstation are: Monitor height adjustment Monitor angle adjustment Desk arrangement with most commonly used items—Phone, stapler, 10 key Keyboard tray installation or adjustment Desk material and file system management to promote ease of use—Folder…