Our bodies function in an asymmetrical world where one size does NOT fit all. Stress will wear and tear parts of the body just from the everyday movements which can lead to painful conditions. One way to reduce the chance of developing a painful condition in today’s world is through the practice of Posture and Ergonomics. It can correct the underlying problem by teaching self-awareness to find the less strenuous options.
What is posture?
Posture describes how a person holds their body during an activity. This could be sitting upright in a chair or slouching over a desk.
What is/are Ergonomics?
Ergonomics is a science that studies how a person adapts to their environment to use the best possible posture during an activity. Not only do we use ergonomics as a way to modify the way a person uses their posture, but also addressing work practices, tool selection, workstation set up, and protective equipment. The point of course, is to prevent injuries.
How can changing Posture and Ergonomics help?
- Prevent specific injuries
- Promote healthy culture
- Improve safety
- Save money
- Keep working and playing
- Improve body awareness and confidence
Who teaches Posture and Ergonomics?
Dr. Tom with My PT teaches private and group lessons on Posture and Ergonomics. Posture training is fundamental with recovering from an injury. Most of the time, clients have weak posture muscles and stiff backs. We mobilize the spine and stimulate posture muscles.
What is an example of Ergonomic work?
- Studying worker movements
- Reviewing and documenting injury rates
- Revising work flow
- Adjusting work stations
- Suggesting tools, equipment or furniture to reduce physical strain
- Training workers on movement strategies
- Training workers on exercises to prevent injury
What have you taught with Ergonomic Training?
- Lifting techniques
- Ways to reduce effects from repetitive work
- Computer workstation set up
- Posture strategies with sitting and standing
- Selecting the right tool for the job
- Ways to work smarter, not harder
My PT is an ergonomic contractor for a local utility company. Dr. Tom visits different groups of workers in the field and leads mobility routines to prevent injuries. In cases when a worker has an injury, whether work related or not, he consults and provides self treatment strategies. There are regular follow ups and we keep track of numbers to show our effectiveness on paper. Every month, new ergonomic tips are provided to the workers in ways that are specific and meaningful to their duties.
What kind of workers has Dr. Tom trained?
- Construction Workers
- Office Workers
- Material Handlers