According to a study published in 2013 by the Mayo Clinic, back pain is the third most common cause of doctor visits in the United States. And according to American Family Physician, only 25 to 30% of people seek treatment for their back pain. So if you're experiencing back pain, you're not alone. Many back pain sufferers struggle with what's causing their back pain, not realizing the 8 or more hours they spend sitting could be the main culprit.
The most common cause of lower back pain is postural stress. For this reason, lower back pain is frequently brought on by sitting too long, prolonged bending, heavy lifting, or even standing or laying down, all for a long time in a poor, rounded back position. According to Cornell University Department of Ergonomics, up to 90% more pressure is put on your back when you sit vs. when you stand. There are several reasons why, the first being that if you’re like most Americans, you habitually sit in ways that cause tension and imbalance in your back and neck. This applies to sitting at work, in the car, and at home.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American works 8.8 hours every day. Whether you earn your daily keep in a traditional office or at home, it goes without saying then that the arrangement of your office space has a profound impact on your health.
Some common risk factors associated with an unergonomic office include poor posture, increased eye strain, back and neck pain, to carpal tunnel syndrome.
When you consider the laundry list of potential health hazards stemming from a poorly set up office space, a sense of urgency should kick in to address the issue immediately. Optimizing your office space for ergonomics may sound like a daunting task, but the truth is, many ergonomic changes don’t even require you to purchase any additional equipment, and merely involve rearranging, adjusting, and working with your existing monitor, keyboard, desk and chair. Once you’ve made those basic adjustments, you can then go on to making the appropriate investments for more ergonomic hardware.
In this article we look at a few creative and traditional ways to make your office space more ergonomic, which in practical terms leads to a safer, healthier, and more productive YOU.
October is Ergonomics Awareness month, and it’s a good time to create awareness of human factors and ergonomics in a variety of ways.
Although any work environment can expose employees to ergonomic hazards, exposure can be minimized by making the proper changes. However, we need to be aware of ergonomic risks/hazards that are present when we perform a variety of tasks before we make changes.
These risks are found not only when performing work tasks but when at home as well. You may be exposed to ergonomic risks while on the computer at work, but also when working on your car, pulling weeds, snow shoveling and more. If proper changes are not made, you may be looking at an injury!
Ergoport is excited to be an exhibitor at the APA 2017 physiotherapy conference in Sydney!
MOMENTUM 2017, Thursday 19 – Saturday 21 October 2017, Sydney,
Australia.Physiotherapists have always been innovators in health, pushing forward to deliver excellent patient outcomes.
As the healthcare landscape becomes more competitive, it is important to keep moving with the changes. MOMENTUM 2017, the APA national conference will empower you to be part of the future of Australian and global physiotherapy.
Join with the rest of the profession to hear from leaders in physiotherapy about the latest clinical research. Meet the people you need to know to help you grow in your profession and discover the newest innovations.
Ergoport will be located at booth 90 and where we will be showcasing new exciting ergonomic equipment for you to try out. We are also giving away over $3,000 worth of ergonomic equipment to one lucky winner in the passport prize. So come along and get your passport signed by us to be in the running to win your own home ergonomic setup.
Dear fellow workplace professionals,
It is about time we start giving the desk the credit it deserves in Activity Based Working!
The desk is the focal point in the physical part of ABW, around which we create all other spaces. In my experience, we need 60-70 desks per 100 employees depending on activity pattern. No other piece of furniture, except conference chairs in some cases, comes close to those numbers. Still, most ABW communication shows a lounge, coffee shop or a fancy meeting room. Sure, these spaces are crucial and make very nice pictures, but together we need to turn the spotlight around.