Ergonomics

Ergonomics is defined as fitting the workplace to the worker and examining the interaction between the worker and his/her environment. Early identification of ergonomic deficiencies with prompt intervention helps maintain a comfortable work environment.

Ergonomics focuses on the work environment, ensuring the demands of the job match the employee’s physical capabilities. Workplace conditions may be restructured or modified to reduce stressors that cause musculoskeletal disorders (MSD’s). The demands of today’s jobs require an unprecedented amount of attention, diligence, and productivity. Sometimes work environment safety is overlooked to reach efficiency goals.

Biomechanics is the study of body movements and the forces acting upon the musculoskeletal system. Physical Therapists have extensive education and experience evaluating the mechanical forces at work in the human body. Injuries typically occur when biomechanical forces exceed the biomechanical limitations of soft tissue or bone. When combined with biomechanical forces, environmental and ergonomic factors have a cumulative effect on physical health.

 

Our skilled physical therapists will be able to:

    • Prevent injuries through education

    • Help identify hazards in the workplace and how to improve workstations

    • Suggest specific approaches or options for solving a safety or health problem

    • Help choose the correct, cost effective ergonomics product for any job.

    • Develop warm-up stretching and strengthening exercises for specific tasks or occupations.