Have you ever found yourself twisting in your seat to reach your computer keyboard? Or do you find that your lower back aches when you drive? Your body needs your guidance to insure that it’s functioning in a healthy environment. Ergonomics is the applied science of design that evaluates your body’s position in any given workspace or situation, such as driving a car. Proper ergonomics will allow your body to function efficiently, without strain, and can reduce fatigue and discomfort. Although we understand that you can’t always control your environment, you would be surprised at the numerous ways you can ergonomically improve both your living and working space. In this section, we will show you various ways to make your car, home and work environment more ergonomically friendly.We will offer suggestions that will make your life more comfortable and less stressful. But it's important to recognize that even the most ergonomically friendly environment will not prevent repetitive stress injuries if the body is simply overworked. Ergonomics may be applied to the following facets of your life:
Today, with 180-million drivers in the United States, our reliance on the automobile is unprecedented. The increased time we spend in our cars has led to an increasein the physical damage we are subjecting our bodies to. When we drive, all ofthe fundamentals of ergonomics come into play: posture, force and repetition. Just the act of placing our hands on the steering wheel puts stress on the shouldersand upper back. In addition, the two most significant contributors of neck painwhile driving are insufficient headroom and inadequate seat positioning. The latter is in part due to car manufacturers recent concern with people’s comfort in cars. It is the postural design of the common car seat that has greatly contributed to the overall tension and fatigue of today’s commuters. So,what can you do to improve your driving experience? In addition to purchasing ergonomic products made for cars, we have gathered some ideas that will helpmake your car more ergo friendly.
Your body is subjected to the bumps and grinds of daily life every morning you walk out your door. Your home should be your personal sanctuary, where you can escape the rat race and nurture your mind, body and soul. The ergonomics of your home greatly affect your body and its overall health. Home ergonomics is about making your home a more comfortable, efficient and user-friendly living space. It’s about making educated choices that will improve the quality of life in every room of your home. It also is easier than you might think, and the rewards are life long.
Below are some tips to help get you started.
Although, your home is your personal sanctuary, your office is where you spend most of your time. Nearly 60 percent of the workforce will spend their entire working life in an office setting. Having an ergonomically designed workstation that conforms to your specific duties will increase productivity, but more importantly it will minimize repetitive stress injuries.
The two pieces of equipment that can cause you the most damage in your office setting are your phone and your chair. If you spend prolonged periods of time on the telephone it can lead to chronic neck, shoulder and upper back pain disorders. Using proper phone techniques and equipment is key in preventing these problems from developing. Also, choosing the right chair with lumbar back support will lead to a more healthy and productive workspace. We realize that you don’t have quite as much control over your workspace as you do your own home. There are, however, some basic guidelines that you should be aware of when organizing your workspace.
Your garden is your outdoor paradise. Gardening, however, can be hard on your body. But it doesn’t have to be. It’s important to realize that many lawn and garden chores are repetitive by nature. Trimming hedges, pruning bushes,or planting bulbs often require the same muscles to be used over and over again.When designing a new garden or updating an existing one here are a few things to keep in mind that will make your garden more ergonomically friendly.
A student's working environment begins at the school and extends to the home. In general, a student's time is divided between attending classes and studying. Because students need to carry books and notebooks to and from class they are subjected to strains of the shoulders, arms and back. Problems associated with carrying books are most often found at the college and high school level where students may not have access to lockers for book storage. Also, unlike a business office, which offers a permanent work environment that can be modified to suit the worker's needs, students have to work under conditions in which they have little control. The use of proper ergonomics while studying will help to ward off weariness and maximize mental clarity. So, whether you are the student or the parent of one, we have gathered a few ideas and insights that will make for a more ergonomically friendly student life.
Use backpacks in the manner they are designed to be used-with a strap placed over each shoulder so that the weight is centered over the body instead of just over one shoulder or carried by hand. There also are new ergonomically designed backpacks on the market that are more efficient and comfortable than traditional designs.
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