Ergonomics in the workplace are extremely important to keep people safe. The furnishings and procedures you use daily will protect your body from unnecessary harm. If you are suffering from discomfort as a result of poor ergonomics, contact ANEW Medical and Rehabilitation in Joliet to make an appointment with our chiropractor for an evaluation. Here are some steps you can take to keep yourself safe while on the job.
Protect Your Back When Lifting
When you need to lift a heavy item, it is important to take precautions to protect your back from harm. Stand close to the item you are going to lift and bend down, keeping your back straight in the process. Use your legs to lift the item. Do not use your back to bear the brunt of the weight as this could cause an injury to occur. If possible, have someone else help you lift an extremely heavy item. A back brace can also be used to help you keep your back protected when you lift something heavy.
Make Sure to Take Frequent Breaks
If your job requires that you stand or sit for long durations of time, you may suffer from back, neck, and shoulder pain as a result. It is important to change your movements every so often to aid with blood circulation. Sitting for excessive time periods could lead to varicose veins. Standing for long periods of time can lead to poor posture. Make it a priority to walk around while stretching your body to keep your muscles toned. If you perform repetitive movements on the job, carpal tunnel syndrome is a possibility. Wrist guards can help protect your arms when typing for long periods of time. Make sure computer monitors are kept at eye level to help avoid neck and back pain as well.
Use the Right Furniture to Avoid Pain
Furniture made with ergonomics in mind will help to keep your body from suffering from discomfort. A chair with support for your back will help you to avoid muscle pain. Sit-stand desks will help you keep your body moving when necessary and will also help to keep you from looking downward at a screen or reading material. Stands for cell phones and books will also help to keep them at eye-level. If your workspace does not have ergonomically approved furnishings, discuss this with your supervisor.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
If you are dealing with discomfort or pain that you believe was caused by poor ergonomic practices, a visit to ANEW Medical and Rehabilitation to meet with our chiropractor could bring you relief. Call our office at 815-207-7463 to make an appointment for a consultation and to find out more about the services we provide.