Spaces to Optimize for Better Ergonomic Health
Everyone should understand how vital good ergonomic health is to their overall well-being and general health. Poor ergonomic habits can put a great deal of strain on your musculoskeletal system. This musculoskeletal stress can lead to excessive fatigue, headaches, and migraines, and all kinds of pain and discomfort from body parts strained beyond their limitations.
Almost everyone spends a significant part of their day being relatively inactive, for instance, by sitting at their desk in the workplace. Even if your work area is designed with good ergonomics in mind, you still risk being sedentary and developing all kinds of health issues because of it. That means you should do everything possible to maintain an active lifestyle, break up long periods of inactivity, and design work and play areas with good ergonomics in mind.
By achieving these goals, it is possible to avoid all the unpleasant developments that may eventually arise as a result of bad ergonomics. Here are a couple of areas where you can be an active participant in achieving better ergonomic health through good design and approach.
Good ergonomics with your computer
Many people are working from home these days due to requirements related to the pandemic. While some individuals have returned to the workplace, many companies have found it as equally productive as working from home. These companies have continued the process as a result. As someone who spends more time at home, you could fall into bad ergonomic habits. These bad ergonomic habits develop because you feel more comfortable at home and relax more.
If you’ve set up a home office or workspace, make sure that it is positioned to reduce shoulder pain and neck pain as much as possible. That means the following:
- Orient your computer with the monitor at eye level
- your feet should rest comfortably on the ground or floor
- your thighs should be parallel to the floor
- your arms should rest comfortably on the desk.
When you’ve arranged all this, make sure that the lighting is adequate as well, so your eyes are not strained as you accomplish your work tasks.
If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, make sure that your kitchen is organized in a way that promotes good ergonomics rather than causing undue strain and stress. Statistically, every American will spend an average of almost 40 minutes in food preparation or cleaning tasks in the kitchen. As a result, there is likely to be an extended period when you are standing at a kitchen counter or in front of a stove in an awkward position.
Be aware that these awkward positions can very easily cause strain on the arms, neck, and lower back. Another activity that requires prolonged standing is washing and drying dishes by hand. It’s not the standing that causes a problem but being hunched over while you’re washing the dishes. Bending over the sink can cause undue strain on your upper back and neck.
Given this being the case, you’d do better to let the dishwasher do its job. If you insist on the old-school method of dish cleaning, break up the activity every few minutes by walking around the kitchen. If these are your two primary activities throughout the day that could conceivably lead to poor posture then they are the ones you should focus on for improvement.
If you are feeling pain from work or your every day chores you may be suffering from poor ergonomics. Schedule an appointment with one of our Seattle chiropractors for a Free Consultation to see how chiropractic care can get you back to feeling 100%.