What is Ergonomics?
- Ergonomics is the study of a persons biomechanical abilities/limitations and how they interact within the environment they work/live in.
- This information is applied to workplaces and products to arrange and design systems/workstations that are tailored to fit the people who use them.
Why is Ergonomics important?
- A well designed workplace which suits your unique body type will help to promote good posture and movement patterns and help to optimize function
- Poor posture and/or repetitive movement patterns can cause a number of aches and pains in the low back, upper and lower limb and even bring on headaches.
What are some basic ergonomic tips?
- Make sure your chair is correctly set up; have your shoulders relaxed with your elbows an inch above your desk and your knees and hips bent to about 90 degrees.
- A foot stool can be used to achieve correct leg position and reduce pressure on the back of your thighs
- Your backrest should be adjusted to maintain your back in a neutral spine
- Always practice good posture, sit back and have your chair pushed in under the table to avoid poking the head forward and putting undue strain on your neck
- Muscles were made to move, so try to get up and stretch at least once an hour
- Avoid over reaching; keep your work close with your mouse and keyboard being no further than the length of your forearm away from your body
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This handout was prepared by Sydney Sports and Orthopaedic Physiotherapy and is intended as a general information service. Please note that the information provided is not intended as a substitute for advice from a registered physician or healthcare professional. If symptoms persist, please consult your doctor.