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Maintain Optimal Health and Energy Through Workplace Ergonomics

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Unfortunately, workplace injuries are not uncommon in the U.S. Annually, more than 6.3 million employees are injured on the job, and nearly 6,000 people die each year from work injuries. Work injuries can cause acute and long-lasting conditions such as loss of motion, back pain, tendonitis, and other injuries.

Today, more Americans are working from home than ever before, and employees are often responsible for their own workplace ergonomics to protect themselves and maximize production. Whether your work from home or at a job site, it is essential that you ensure that your workplace ergonomics protect you to maintain optimal health and energy. Below we will discuss workplace ergonomic tips to ensure you do not injure yourself while working.

1. Maintain Good Posture

Your posture is an integral part of maintaining your health and wellness. Regardless of if you have a desk job or an active job in which you are mainly on your feet, it is important to maintain good posture throughout the day. Maintaining a good posture will help improve mood, reduce stress on the muscles, spine, and joints, and will also help to prevent injury. For example, if you work at a desk, avoid slouching, try to keep your feet flat on the ground, and maintain a straight back. It is also important to note that you should have a desk that is the right height for you. Desks that are too low or too high may lead to extra straining, resulting in injuries. Many desks are available on the market now that have adjustable heights and may even rise to allow you to transition from a sitting to a standing position. If your desk is causing you back pain, discuss this with your employer to see if any alternatives may be available. Your office chair should additionally provide you with lumbar support. If your work requires using a computer monitor, adjust the monitor to the correct height and avoid twisting and turning your head to view documents. When typing, you should try to keep your wrists straight and your forearms parallel to the floor.

2. Ensure You Utilize Proper Lifting Techniques

It is incredibly easy to injure the back and sustain acute or chronic back pain, pulled muscles, hernias, and more when practicing improper lifting techniques. When required to lift, ensure that you use your legs instead of your back, maintain a proper posture, and avoid twisting while lifting. If you are required at work to lift heavy items frequently, your employer may offer a lifting belt or other protective assistance to assist with heavy lifting and help protect you from becoming injured.

3. Ensure You Allow Time for Stretching and Movement

It is crucial time to take breaks to move and stretch, whether you are completing repetitive movements while on the job or required to work in a static position for lengthy periods of time. Repetitive movements and fixed positions can increase pain and fatigue and may increase your risk of injury. Taking a quick walk on your break or performing even daily light exercise such as walking, yoga, or other stretches can go a long way to protect you from injury. Remember, pain from cumulative trauma may appear days or even years later. Frequent stretching and movement are key to avoiding injury.

4. Maintaining Adequate Lighting and Avoiding Workplace Hazards

No matter the industry you work in or whether you work at home or in the office, inadequate lighting can affect safety, comfort, and performance. Lack of proper lighting may lead to headaches, eye fatigue, and injuries. Additionally, if you primarily work on a computer, ensure the monitor is not placed in front of a window, as this can increase eye strain. Take note of any other hazards in the office, such as poor ventilation, air quality, or chemicals that may cause headaches, stress, or other injuries. Be sure to discuss any concerns with your employer.

Workplace Ergonomics and Chiropractic Care

Although being aware of proper workplace ergonomics may help protect you from injury, injuries may still occur. Chiropractic care is recognized as an effective, drug-free, natural treatment utilized by over 35 million US citizens each year to treat their conditions. Chiropractic therapy is frequently used to restore range of motion, treat pain, reduce stress, increase recovery times, and help improve overall health. In addition, an experienced chiropractor may assist you with treating common workplace injuries, such as headaches, neck pain, carpal tunnel, or back pain. A chiropractor can help maintain your health and prevent further injury from the workplace. Adjustments to the spine or neck can alleviate the pain that may contribute to many of the above-listed symptoms.

The experienced team at Atlas Total Health Chiropractic utilizes an individualized approach to deliver every patient with a care plan catered to their specific needs. Call us today to discuss the symptoms or injuries you have sustained and receive a consultation.