Ergonomics

doctor-563428_640Do you give everything to your job?

We’d like to give you something back.

Santa Clara Custom Chiropractic built a wellness program designed specifically for working professionals. Dr. Ledia Mati D.C., a member of the International Chiropractic Association, has been helping professionals keep bothersome injuries at bay.

Common injuries such as back and neck pain, muscle sprains, headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, and even common stress-related anxiety can be at best just bothersome and at worst, a debilitating ailment that could be a sign of something more serious. His goal in working with professionals like you is to provide education on what you can do to maintain your health and balance through even the most stressful activities. Maintaining flexibility and proper alignment with stretching and injury prevention exercises can help mitigate the risk of common workplace injuries such as carpal tunnel, headaches, etc. 

Awareness of these injury risks and how to help prevent them beforehand should be a part of every working professional’s playbook.

Ergonomics may seem like a complicated concept, however at its very core, ergonomics basic principle is that it analyzes human environment and optimizes it to preserve human well-being and performance. Its aim is to educate people about how their body works and to reduce the little everyday stressors we encounter in everyday life. These stressors tend to buildup and can lead to chronic pain, a plight many of us face. 

 

The Three Ergonomic stressors:

  • Force required to complete a task
  • Awkward or static working postures adopted in completing a task
  • Repetitiveness of a task

 

Ergonomic principles can be applied to many everyday situations: from home, to work, to travel.

Ergonomics at your desk:

  • Take several breaks: Try to get up and walk around so you’re not staying in the same position for an extended period of time. 
  • Shift you position: This prevents extended period of time in the same position.
  • Sit in a neutral postion: Try to find a position that you can see the entire screen while keeping your head in a neutral position.
  • Keep your arms relaxed and wrists straight when operating the controller.  
  • Work with good lighting so you do not have to reposition yourself or strain your eyes from glare.

WRITING AND NOTE TAKING

  • Take breaks while writing.
  • Check your posture.
  • Find a comfortable chair that allows your knees and hips to align.
  • Find a desk that sits at a height that keeps your hands and wrists in line with your elbows at rest.
  • Use a light grip when using utensils.
  • Use wide grip pens to reduce discomfort.
  • Maintain neutral wrist posture and avoid placing forearm or wrist on the table.
  • let your shoulder initiate writing movement. 
  • Minimize reach by sitting close to the table.
  • Avoid leaning on your wrist or forearm.