Ergonomics: A Sustainable Approach

by Dr. Armstrong

One of the laws of human nature is that we are creatures of habit, and as time passes, we actually become "creatures of our habits".  In other words, our bodies tend to conform to the positions and postures our bodies assume the most. However, these positions may not necessarily be those positions which are best for us! Another law of nature is that the more weight and stress a structure bears, the faster it will wear out.

These same forces and laws of nature affect you and your body and result in inflammation. For some, tendons become inflamed, resulting in tendonitis; others, their bones become inflamed resulting in arthritis. So take the time to be sure your workstation is adjusted to fit you, as opposed to making your body fit the work station.

If your job involves sitting at a desk, make sure the chair fits the length, size and contours of your body for maximum support, comfort and good ergonomics. Tilt the back and the seat panels to create a backwards slant as you type on the keyboard of your computer. Tip the back and seat panels to slant forward while writing at your desk. Use a foot rest to keep your feet from dangling.

Taking the time to make simple adjustments, such as these, will pay off with adding time to the longevity of your bones and tendons.

This information is not intended as a substitute for professional chiropractic care.  For a free, no obligation consultation, please call our office today at 707.792.1400.

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