Ergonomics is known as the science of improving workstations or work environments in ways to enable people to work safer and be more productive. Many companies provide ergonomic audits to ensure that workers have equipment in proper positions to help posture and alleviate muscle fatigue and strain. If you’re working from home, it is worth the time and expense to find a qualified professional to examine your work area and provide you with information on how to optimize it ergonomically.
Why an Ergonomic Work Space is Best
While it may not seem like much of an improvement, ergonomics can make a huge difference in how you feel after spending hours at your desk. When you work from home, you can take more breaks, get up and stretch whenever you feel the need and overall take better care of your body. If, however, your workspace is not optimized ergonomically, you may not be as productive as is possible.
Small changes, such as getting an ergonomic keyboard, can make a big difference. In the case of the keyboard, you may be less likely to get carpal tunnel syndrome. Additionally, you may feel less fatigue in your arms and hands after you get used to working on one.
Chair height can make a difference in your posture. It is the same with the height of your monitor and where your keyboard is placed. Lumbar support of your spine aids in spinal health. A foot rest can help you sit in the right position and take some of the pressure off your legs and spine.
All the small changes in an ergonomically optimized work space can add up to a more productive you. You will have less muscle pain and fatigue, especially if you include breaks and activity in your workday. And since you are working from home, you can take short breaks more frequently and add in some stretches or other exercise for a few minutes without feeling awkward.
Prevent the musculoskeletal injuries that are common to workers by getting a professional to come in and assess your workspace. The changes you may have to make to have an ergonomically optimized workspace will be worth the time and effort, especially if it alleviates discomfort and lowers your risk for physical problems down the road.
Posted on behalf of Sovereign Rehabilitation
5555 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd, Suite 225
Atlanta, GA 30342
Phone: (404) 835-3340