Working in Tandem: Benefits of Ergonomics and Physiotherapy
Ergonomics is defined as the application of physical sciences including physiology, anatomy and kinesiology; along with social sciences such as psychology, to elements of product design and efficient work process.
Who can be Affected?
Employees from the IT industry and factory workers are prone to suffer musculoskeletal injuries in their workplace. Repetitive strain injury (RSI), neck and back pain constitute some of the leading reasons for absence at work, accounting for a lion’s share in loss of productivity in the UK industry.
Called ‘Work-related musculoskeletal disorders’ (WRMDs), these types of injuries manifest as persistent pain, loss of functional capacity and work disability.
It is generally assumed that ergonomic changes require huge spends in workstation products. This is not true. Ergonomics in the office can usually combine an ergonomic assessment and setup, along with helpful preventative ergonomic advice from physiotherapists.
Workplace injury is often not the result of the where, how or what we sit or stand on, but the manner in which we position our body while performing tasks. Proper guidance on correct posture can work wonders for your spine, head and neck alignment.
The Risks Involved
Without proper computer set-up and use – keyboard/mouse/monitor/chair positions – there are risks of several injuries. Tendonitis is the most common problem, involving tendon inflammation and localised pain in the elbow, forearm, wrist or hand. Bad posture can cause fatigue, muscle strain, and, in later stages, pain. Back pain, one of the most common complaints, is usually the result of years of faulty posture. In addition, poor posture can affect the position and function of your vital organs, particularly those in the abdominal region.
With timely DSE risk assessment, ergonomics and physiotherapy help to address the following conditions:
• Back Pain
• Neck Pain
• Muscle Weakness
• Repetitive Strain Injury
• Poor Posture
• Wrist Pain
• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Thames River Physiotherapy offers treatments and therapies of various kinds. Many of these are tailored to specifically address sports injuries in both amateur and elite professionals in different games. We use a wide range of techniques to help accelerate recovery. Apart from this, we provide running assessment and coaching, biomechanics assessment, Pilates and sports massage as preventive treatment programs.
For details visit: http://www.thamesphysio.co.uk
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