Let Your Work Environment Work for You.
You go out of your way to prioritize your time and effort towards work, but have you ever wondered how you can get your workspace to give back just as much? An ergonomic workspace will not only help foster a more productive workday, but more importantly relieve your stress and pain on a daily basis. According to studies by the University of Michigan, most injuries at work are caused by posture and repetitive movements. Setting up an ergonomic workspace can save you and your employer the costs and time of repetitive work injuries including headaches, eyestrain, tendon issues, and neck and back pain. If you are looking for a way to make your workday a little bit easier and less stressful, start by Takl’ing your work environment with these small changes.
Change Your Space, Change Your Life.
Studies have consistently shown that sitting in non-ergonomically designed workspaces for long periods can create significant tension and pain in your back, neck, and shoulders due to poor posture. No matter what constraints your workspace is under, the most direct way of addressing this issue is by considering your desk and office chair setup and potentially getting more ergonomic office furniture.
Make sure your desk is set up to ensure enough clearance for your legs. If your existing desk is too low and can’t be adjusted, then you can try using blocks to lift the desk legs; and if it’s too high to adjust, you’ll need to raise your chair while also making sure you have a place to rest your feet as you sit, although a footrest is not the most ideal option.
Mayo Clinic states that your chair height should enable you to rest your feet on the floor, support your natural spinal curve, allow your thighs to stay parallel to the floor, and have armrests to support your elbows and allow your shoulders to relax. Although it may seem trivial, these requirements are essential to putting your body in an optimal position to foster a healthy posture. Easing any tension in your body allows you to work uninterrupted by uncomfortable distractions.
Get a New Chair and Desk that Fits You.
Even with these adjustments, it’s still easy to overlook the selection of your office chair, as most workers are typically used to working with whatever chair they’re given by their employer. However, not enough office workers consider the long-term strain and pain inflicted on their back, shoulder, and neck from furniture that’s not designed with that individual in mind.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill suggests that in addition to the ideal chair setup, you need to check and make sure your chair has five castors along with a backrest that can recline. Additionally, any chair whose height you can’t properly adjust can cause unnecessary pressure on the back of your legs and reduce your circulation.
If you need help or simply don’t have enough time to set up an ergonomic space, Providers on Takl are available to put it all together for you.
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