Worksite and Occupational Evaluations
Whether your occupation is sitting at a desk, a manual labourer, professional sports person or a home carer, your daily habits shape your body (and your fascia) and defines how you move which contributes to the aches and pains you feel in your body. Occupational therapists are trained to evaluated your place of occupation to see which activities are contributing to your pain and limiting your ability to function. These may be related to your habitual posture and movement patterns, or it may be related to environmental factors which reinforce poor movement.
You may have a perfectly aligned body, however if you sit in a chair that is not appropriate for you then poor posture, movement and pain is inevitable. Likewise you may have a fantastic ergonomically designed workstation, but if your body’s structure is tight and restricted limiting your movement and adaptability, then you won’t be able to maintain the ‘correct’ posture for very long.
Occupational therapy provides a combined understanding of how your posture and movement affects your daily habits and how your daily habits can affect your posture and movement. Understanding both is imperative to making long term changes to prevent injury, prevent repetitive strains and prevent pain.
Movement is Essential
Sitting or standing in the same position(s) day-in and day-out will generate stiffness and pain in the body, even in ergonomically designed environments. Certain positions will reduce your risk of long term musculo-skeletal issues, however you need to be able to move into and out of them regularly and safely. Every 2-3 minutes you should take 10- 20 seconds to stop, sit or stand tall and take a few big deep breaths, shake your body, rock your pelvis or get up and do 1 stretch. Specific movements are recommended to help counteract the postures you typically use each day.
- Home and office workstation assessments
- Postural and movement analysis
- Group consultations
- Worksite and desk based mobility and stress reduction techniques
- Education on how to set up good work habits for yourself
- Movement re-patterning
If you’d like more information about setting up your work-site, call me today.
Tips for Setting up an Ergonomic Office.
- A good chair, with adjustable backrest to provide good lumbar support.
- Ensure the depth of your chair allows a good 3-4 finger space between knee crease and chair.
- If your desk is not height adjustable then you need to adjust your chair to suit the desk.
- Adjust your chair so your elbows rest comfortably on the desk, with your shoulders relaxed!
- Feet should be flat, with your knees and hips at approximately or slightly greater than 90 degree angles – if they are not, you need a foot rest to support your feet.
- The centre of your screen should be adjusted so your neck is comfortable and your eyes gaze slightly down.