Occupational health is essential for our overall well-being.
In chiropractic, we recognize the importance of taking care of our bodies, whether at home or at work.
That’s why in this article, we’re going to guide you through creating a more ergonomic and comfortable workspace.
When we spend long hours sitting at a poorly designed desk, we put our health at risk.
Back, neck and shoulder pain are becoming commonplace, affecting our quality of life as well as our productivity.
This is where ergonomics comes in, the science of adjusting our work environment to optimize our comfort and health.
In this article, we’ll discuss practical tips for choosing an ergonomic desk and chair, as well as tips for maintaining a healthy posture at work.
By combining the principles of ergonomics with chiropractic expertise, we can significantly improve your overall health and well-being at work. 🙌
Ergonomics at work is a key discipline that focuses on designing work environments adapted to the physical and psychological capacities of humans. 💡
At the heart of this discipline is the desire to create spaces that respect and support physical well-being, thus avoiding harmful consequences such as musculoskeletal disorders, which can result from inappropriate posture or ill-adapted equipment.
✔️ Choosing the right desk for good ergonomics
Choosing the right desk is key to creating an ergonomic workspace.
Here are some key criteria to consider when selecting an ergonomic desk:
1️⃣ Adjustable Height: Opt for a desk with adjustable height to allow your arms to rest comfortably on the desk and your feet to be flat on the floor.
This promotes a neutral posture.
Height-adjustable desks, also known as sit-stand desks, have become a trend in the world of work.
They offer the flexibility to go from sitting to standing in an instant.
Working standing up has many health benefits.
First, it reduces pressure on the lower back by keeping the spine in a more neutral posture.
In addition, it promotes blood circulation and reduces the risk of developing problems related to prolonged sitting, such as obesity, lower back pain, and cardiovascular disorders.
By alternating between sitting and standing throughout the day, workers can improve their energy, focus, and productivity while taking care of their long-term health.
2️⃣ Spacious work surface: Make sure the desk surface provides enough space for your computer, documents, and other work tools without feeling cramped.
3️⃣ Efficient Storage: A well-designed desk should also offer storage solutions to keep your workspace well organized, reducing the need to stretch or bend frequently.
If you already have a desk, you can always make it more ergonomic by adding monitor and keyboard support.
Invest in a height-adjustable monitor stand and keyboard stand.
This will allow you to position your screen at eye level and keep your wrists in a neutral position.
By following these tips, you can transform your current office into an ergonomic space, promoting healthy posture and reducing the chances of work-related pain.
✔️ Opt for an ergonomic chair
The choice of chair is essential for optimal ergonomics.
Opt for a chair that offers adjustable lumbar support, height-adjustable armrests, and a height-adjustable seat.
It should also allow for proper alignment of the spine, reducing pressure on the back and shoulders.
Investing in a quality ergonomic chair can prevent back pain, improve posture, and promote well-being at work.
Be sure to adjust the chair to suit your body type for optimal comfort.
We would also like to share with you a CNESST checklist published in 2016 to properly set up and set up a computerized workstation.
To have access to this tool, visit their website! 💻
What are the benefits of having ergonomic workstation?
Having an ergonomic workstation comes with a multitude of benefits for both health and productivity. 🖥️
First and foremost, an ergonomic setup reduces the risk of musculoskeletal disorders such as backaches or neck strains. Adjustable chairs and height-variable desks promote proper posture, alleviating pressure on the spine. 💺
Moreover, good ergonomics enhance efficiency. Well-positioned keyboards and mice minimize unnecessary movements and hand/wrist fatigue. 💪
Eye-level screens reduce eye strain, while adequate lighting creates a comfortable working environment. 💡
Lastly, an ergonomic workstation fosters concentration and creativity, as physical comfort supports a clear mind. 🧠
Investing in an ergonomic configuration is beneficial not only for your well-being but also for your work effectiveness. 🌟
Contact us for more information about workstation ergonomics! 📱
In conclusion, the importance of good ergonomics at work, embodied by the choice of a suitable chair and desk, cannot be overestimated.
These items are not just office furniture, but investments in your well-being, musculoskeletal health, and productivity.
An ergonomic chair and a well-designed desk not only improve your comfort, but also help prevent chronic pain, promote healthy posture, and boost your efficiency at work.
They help you stay focused, reduce work-related stress, and can even boost your long-term health.
By becoming aware of the principles of ergonomics and taking steps to adapt your workspace, you are investing in your health and quality of life at work.
Do not hesitate to consult one of our chiropractors at the Portage Chiropractic Clinic for personalized advice to optimize your ergonomic workspace. Your body will thank you for it.
🧑 ⚕️ Dr. Émilie Gaudreau
🧑 ⚕️ Dr. Patrick Gaudreau, DC