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.