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Improve Your Productivity Through Ergonomics

Improve Your Productivity Through Ergonomics

Ergonomics is the science of designing and arranging work spaces and tools to fit the needs and abilities of the people using them.

From work tasks to chores at home to hobbies you enjoy, practicing healthy ergonomics can spare your back, neck, muscles, and joints unnecessary pain and long-term damage. And with less pain, your productivity naturally increases.

That’s why Pamela V. Ford, DC, includes ergonomics in her services at Serenity Chiropractic & Family Wellness Center in Carrollton, Texas. Here, Dr. Ford shares insights regarding the benefits of ergonomics and tips for incorporating these healthy practices into your daily work and home routines.

Understanding the benefits of ergonomics

Ergonomics can have a positive impact on your productivity in several ways. For example, ergonomics can:

The underlying intention of ergonomics is to create spaces that help you maintain proper alignment of your spine, hips, and other joints throughout your day.

This action eases the strain on muscles, ligaments, and tendons responsible for supporting your musculoskeletal system, reducing your risk of developing chronic pain disorders. 

Something as simple as choosing the appropriate desk chair or lighting for a room can evolve into improved health and productivity.

Tips for applying ergonomics to your daily life

To reap the benefits of ergonomics, consider how you interact with your surroundings and how you can improve them to suit your needs.

Dr. Ford can help with that by providing individual and corporate assessments regarding your current ergonomic profile and ways to meet your needs by enhancing your environment.

Otherwise, here are some general suggestions for applying healthy ergonomics to your daily life:

Adjust your posture and position frequently

When you’re working at a desk all day, it’s easy to spend hours in one position. However, adjusting your position frequently can help prevent stiffness and soreness.

Change your sitting or standing position every 20-30 minutes while maintaining proper posture. Include a quick break every hour to stretch and move around.

Choose ergonomically correct furniture and equipment

Whether you’re working from home or commuting to the office, ensure your desk, chair, monitor, and other equipment are adjustable, supportive, and comfortable.

For example, if you work at a computer, you should use:

Follow the same guidelines for household tasks or hobbies. Use ergonomically correct cooking utensils, scissors, etc. Ensure your workspace is well-lit, countertops are at the correct height, and you can comfortably stand or sit without leaning forward or twisting as you chop, dice, cut, or glue.

Organize your workspace

Reduce clutter and design your layout for easy reach and movement. For instance, keep pens, pencils, notepads, and other frequently used items close, and store the items you use rarely away from your work area.

If you use the phone frequently while working, consider using a headset or wireless earpiece to keep your hands free and prevent awkward head and shoulder positioning as you talk.

Modify your environment to suit your preferences

Control the temperature to avoid overheating or freezing, and reduce the noise level to prevent distraction and irritation. Establish a home office that offers separation from your living area to reduce interruptions and increase workday productivity.

Applying ergonomics to your daily life can improve your health, performance, and well-being. Remember that ergonomics is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Instead, it’s designed to fit your individual characteristics, preferences, and goals.

For help creating an ergonomically healthy space at work or home, schedule an evaluation with Dr. Ford today. Call our office or use online booking.

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