Proper Workplace Ergonomics

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It has been said that sitting is the new smoking. However, standing for long periods can be unhealthy as well. Somehow, a healthy medium has to be found. More important than whether you sit or stand is how you sit or stand. You can reduce the risk of workplace injury and thus need for workers comp by practicing workplace ergonomics.

How to Sit at a Desk

Yes. You need to be told how to do this. More specifically, how to do it so that you don't hurt your back or neck or get carpal tunnel syndrome. Your monitor should be an arm's length away from your face. Your wrists should be straight, with the hands at or below the elbow level. Adjust the height on your chair so that your knees are level with your hips. If you have to talk on the phone while typing, use a headset instead of attempting to keep it on your shoulder with your chin.

How to Lift

Here's a fun fact. A woman can lift as much if not more than a man if the lower body is engaged in lifting. Man or woman, this method lowers the risk of back injury. Before you use your muscles, use your brain. If the load is just too heavy, ask for help. Once you have determined whether you can lift a load by yourself, get in very close. Squat or kneel rather than bend. Tighten your core and lift with your legs. Maintain the natural curve in your lower back. Let your legs do the work and do not twist your torso.

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If you have pain in your back or joints due to poor ergonomics at work, a good chiropractor can help you find relief. If you're looking for one in Abington, PA, Lang Chiropractic will do all they can to help you.

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