Ergonomics

Ergonomics

On average in a typical working week people spend nearly six hours a day sitting at their work desk. Prolonged periods of sitting is not only bad for your physical health but also your mental well-being. Unfortunately for many people sitting at a desktop is part of modern day working life and absolutely necessary for large sectors of the working community. It is essential that given how much time we are in from of a computer at work we ensure our workstation is optimally set up to maximise comfort and minimise stress acting on the body.

Desktop related injuries are usually due to repetitive strain on the body as a result of poor sitting posture and improper workstation set up. Typical work station injuries include:

  • Disc injuries (commonly lower back and neck)
  • Shoulder pain or ‘mouse shoulder’
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Tennis elbow
  • Increased muscle tension in neck and shoulders.

At Portobello physiotherapy we are experienced in treating work related injuries and can also offer advice on the appropriate work station set up.