Work-related personal injuries can cause severe and debilitating symptoms such as pain, numbness, tingling and weakness in the muscles. Improper ergonomics is a common source of work-related injuries. Ergonomics is the science of fitting workplace conditions and job demands to the capabilities of workers. Without the proper ergonomic set-up or training, you are more prone to develop a work-related injury. Most commonly, poor ergonomic set-ups lead to poor posture and improper lifting techniques. Common conditions related to work injuries include carpal tunnel, sprain/strains, and disc herniations.
Take periodic breaks throughout the day. Every 50 minutes, get up and move around for 5 minutes. Stretch, walk, or jog in place to keep your joints loose and mobile. Talk with your employer about receiving an ergonomic assessment. Obtaining a proper work chair may lead to fewer low back and neck issues. Your feet should sit flat on the floor, and you should be able to sit all the way back in your chair comfortably. If you are at a computer for most of the day, the top 1/3 of the screen should be at eye level, and your arms should rest comfortably in front of your body not reaching for your keyboard. If you are prone to low back issues, a sit-stand desk will help keep your sacroiliac joints moving if used properly. Chiropractic care and alternative health care methods has been shown to decrease time away from work as well as decrease the total cost of worker's compensation claims comparative to that of standard medical treatment. Cotton Chiropractic has many tips that work for decreasing stress on the body at work.