The Do’s and Don’ts of Ergonomics

There goes more into ergonomics than you see or feel at plain sight. If you are starting to feel pain in your shoulders, elbows, wrists, feet or even your hips there is a very high chance it has to do with the way you sit, work, or rest. This isn’t limited to people that work in an office only, it applies to every job out there, and yes it can even be caused by sleeping in a wrong position.

Some people prefer to sleep on their back, others on their belly, personally I sleep on my side, same as the majority of people but not everyone is the same. For example when I came home from a night in town I fell and hurt myself big time, I couldn’t sleep on one side for weeks so I had to sleep on the other side but as I’m not used to that I was sleeping in an odd position and soon the complains started to increase instead of decrease as what you would expect after some time. My hip started to hurt, and I’m now left with pain in my shoulder. Most likely the after effect of that accident.

If you are working in an office the first thing you have to do is locate your pain, that’s probably the easiest part of all. The next thing to do is ask for a different chair or in case you know your table is too low request a higher table or something you can put your keyboard/laptop on. Try this for a couple of weeks to see if the pain disappears, very good chance it does, and if not just give it another try again.

Also, make sure your screen is at the same height as your head, it’s not healthy to look up or down to see your screen as that results in your spine bending unnecessarily. Another thing most people underestimate is the need to take a break. Sure you can eat at your desk if you have a busy day but don’t make it a habit, and do give yourself at least a 10-minute break every two hours or so. You can’t tell me that you can’t break free for ten minutes do you?

These are just a few things to keep in mind, in our next post we will dive a little deeper into other causes and ergonomic issues outside of the office so stay with us and we’ll keep you updated.