Ergonomics is making your office environment work with you instead of you trying to work with your office environment. Many of the things we take for granted each day are setting us up for future problems that are often painful and debilitating. By recognizing the feedback that your body gives you such as pain and discomfort can help us to head off these problems.
The biggest problems that we see in the office environment are Repetitive Motion Injuries such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and soft tissue strains (i.e. lower back problems). Below are some tips to help prevent such problems. Start the assessment by thinking about your body and take inventory about where it hurts. Now look below for hints about what might be causing your troubles.
- Computer Workstation eTool (Occupational Safety and Health Administration)
- Ergonomic Guide for Material Handling (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)