You’ve probably noticed that the term ‘ergonomic’ is overused, and often misused too.
As a result, people often get the wrong idea about what ergonomic is, and isn’t.
The main problem is the lack of understanding and the assumption that the solution is buying something, rather than holistically changing something.
This will often result in unnecessary purchases or purchasing a product which does not meet your particular needs.
One size does not fit all
One popular notion is that there is ONE accessory/item of furniture that is going to sort out every work-related problem, for everyone, when in reality every body/issue/working style is different.
What suits one person might not suit another
Another assumption is that ‘one posture is perfect’ – again, that magic formula that will cover all the bases for everyone.
We say: you can sit in ANY position you want – for 5 – 10 minutes! It’s a very different story if it’s 6 -8 hours of sitting.
Find an ergonomic solution which works for you
Further, some ‘ergonomic’ accessories that many people rely on and swear by are simply counter-productive.
The wrist rest, for example, is completely redundant (and even deleterious) because our hands have been rather cleverly designed to include a slightly padded area at the base of the thumb and palm, which lifts the hands to the correct position to protect the wrists.
The most problematic misconception is that an ergonomic solution is going to be expensive – quite the contrary.
You can start with changing the small things.
If you’re a laptop user then look at a separate keyboard, mouse and laptop stand. This will enable you to create some distance between you and the screen. It will also lift the
This will enable you to create some distance between you and the screen. It will also lift the
It will also lift the screen, therefore, reducing the amount you tilt your head forward which in turn will reduce the stress on your upper back and neck.
You may want to consider an upright/vertical mouse which allows you to keep your lower arm and hand in a more natural position which will reduce the stress on your lower arm and wrist.
For PC’s consider a monitor arm that can not only move vertically but also horizontally.
When it comes to height adjustable desks and healthier office seating it really is worthwhile speaking to someone that knows what they are talking about.
It is so easy to do some research on the internet for ‘ergonomic’ chairs, but how ‘ergonomic’ will it actually be?
Take the time to speak to someone who can advise you and spare the time to visit somewhere that you enable you to see and try a variety of products. Good advice can save you money.
The upshot is: it’s really worth having an assessment to find out what your problem actually is (it may not be what you think), identify the priority product and then consider the other products at a later date.
For more information on our assessment services please click on the link below. We offer 3 different types and two are free of charge!
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