We’re hearing a lot more about ergonomics lately and in the opinion of many business owners, it’s high time. Proper ergonomics, especially when applied to the workplace, means less strain on bodies and fewer injuries in the work force; all of which translates into a happier work environment and improved profits for the company as a whole.
According to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) there are three basic principles that one should keep in mind when contemplating the importance of workplace safety:
- Learning how to lift properly
- Avoiding a sedentary posture
- Protecting the body from repetitive motion injuries
If you’re able to address these concerns and follow these three steps, you’ll find that many workplace injuries can be reduced or eliminated altogether.
Step One- Lifting Lessons
There are very specific techniques for how to lift properly and every employee in your company should be made aware of how to do so without injury. The key to proper lifting is to keep the back straight and then lift with the legs. Bending over at the waist and lifting with the lower back is a big no-no that can result in pain and injury.
Step Two- Sitting Pretty
Employees who spend their time in front of a computer aren’t free from workplace dangers. Sedentary work brings its own challenges into the office, like neck strain, headaches and back pain. A little effort expended on ensuring that work stations are properly set up can return the investment in a big way. Chairs and desks that are adjustable are an invaluable asset to any company. Encouraging employees to take frequent stretching breaks in between tasks is another healthy habit that can benefit everyone in the company.
Step Three- Waving Goodbye to Repetitive Motion Injuries
You don’t have to work on an assembly line to develop a repetitive motion injury (RMI). Any time the body performs the same task repeatedly it is at risk for injury. The main risk factors for RMI are poor posture, poor technique and overuse. Encourage employees to switch up their tasks regularly if it’s at all possible. Some companies provide their workers with exercise facilities to help keep their weight down and strengthen muscles—two important ways to reduce the risk of injury.
The ACA knows how important proper ergonomics are for a healthy workplace, and a wise company appreciates how important chiropractic care is for their employees. Chiropractic care is a safe and inexpensive way to ensure healthy employees, which in turn means a stronger bottom line for the company and everyone involved.
Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.
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