Many of us spend the majority of our day in front of a computer. Couple this 8-10 hour work day with a 1 to 2 hour commute and a person can find themselves in one position for an extended time period. Most people can’t quit working, so what can we do about it? For starters, it is important to consider positioning while at your work station. Work station ergonomics can make a significant difference in your activity tolerance. Consider the following suggestions:
Perhaps you have an ergonomics team that can assess your office space. If so, take advantage of this service. However, it is critical to understand that even with the most perfect set up, you can still experience discomfort while at your work station. Once again, sitting in one position for 8-10 hours is not healthy. Other suggestions we recommend to our patients include the following:
Finally, you can have a perfect set up and you can incorporate these “mini breaks” into your routine and continue to experience discomfort in your neck, shoulders, arms, wrists, hands, or low back. If that is the case, go to your physician and obtain a script for a therapist to evaluate and treat your condition. As therapists, we can perform an evaluation and provide custom goals to address your areas of concern. Therapists can provide the following services:
The therapists at MMI will be glad to assist you with your needs as they arise. Unless we win the lottery, most of us will have to work a long time. It is important that we develop healthy work habits to sustain us until retirement.