Ergonomics is a science of tailoring the workplace and organising the elements in an efficient manner to reduce discomfort and improves productivity. Ergonomics means assessing desks, chairs, sitting posture, angle of your monitor, height of your desk and chair, the surrounding temperature, and the overall environment that a person works in. An ergonomic assessment is essential before a workplace or workstation is set up. The role of a physiotherapist is immense as the physiotherapist can educate on how important this assessment would be for their physical and mental health.
They will be able to provide employers and workers with expert guidance and show how a small change in their posture or seating can make a huge difference to their holistic well-being and efficiency at work.
When an employee does not feel comfortable in his seat, it directly reflects on his productivity. Physical stress on the body due to an uneasy work environment can severely affect the musculoskeletal system which results in more health issues and lesser work benefits. Ergonomics uses statistical data as well as employs scientific principles to design and arrange a workstation that can support and encourage the worker to be more relaxed during work. It is a two-way path that helps the employee and the employer with their requirements.
Ergonomics play an important role in the workplace and if proper measures are not taken , it can lead to various issues like:
Zone active Physiotherapy can help you with these risk factors. We analyze your body, your postures and activities during your office hours, identify the risks and make suggestions for improvement. Physiotherapists can conduct a Functional Abilities Evaluation (FAE) to assess your physical ability to meet the demands of your job. If you are suffering from any injury, we will design a customized physiotherapy plan for recovery. We also discuss your daily work schedule and can provide guidance on what precautions can be taken to avoid any injury in future. We may also advice you simple stretches which can be done at workplace to release tension and to have a healthy environment for you in office.