Myth #78: “Ergonomics are for the Injured.”January 17, 2017
It’s the third week of January, the week where some of us reconsider our New Year’s Resolution of hitting the gym and opt instead for a working lunch of chocolate in front of the computer. Add that to the 10-year anniversary of the iPhone, and most of us habitually spend our waking hours motionless in front of a screen, head down, shoulders hunched. It doesn’t always take an injury to start feeling pings and twings in your body, just a few minutes zombie-ing out on our tech can do it — we feel it, and we’re sure you feel it too. If you don’t know what we’re talking about and still feel like a spring chicken, we encourage you to keep it that way with preventative measures! In this month of new beginnings we would like to challenge you to think about how you move your body, and how your workspace supports movement and proper posture.
The key to proper working posture is placement of your equipment and your body in relation to each other, and this varies with different technology and different activities. Working at the coffee shop for twenty minutes might be fine, but after an hour or two, you might start feeling the pain of hunching over a table in a hard chair, keying on a laptop. In the age of the mobile worker where we work wherever and whenever, it’s important to be aware of what our bodies tell us.
A good work space is one with options and adjustment for different activities, and even different people if there aren’t dedicated desks. If you have a laptop, get a monitor or laptop stand and secondary keyboard. Use a keyboard tray and ergonomic chair…and ADJUST them to suit your body!!!! If you’re lucky enough to have a new trendy sit-stand desk…use it to sit AND stand — yes, you need to take frequent turns doing both!!!
Take walking meetings, stand when on the phone, and stretch those eyes — look up from the screen once in a while and take a peek at what our beautiful city landscape has to offer.
Our wish for you in 2017: Get that body moving! Your chiropractor might be sad that you aren’t coming anymore, but your wallet and your body will thank you.