lincoln nh chiropractic postureHere’s another great article by: Terry Weyman, D.C., C.C.S.P. from gotcsi.com

One of the new “buzz words” today is Ergonomics. Ergonomics is defined as an applied science concerned with designing and arranging things people use so that the people and things interact most efficiently and safely — also called human engineering. With people working longer hours, spending more time in front of computers and using their blackberries, we have seen an increase in Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI). According to David Thorpe D.C., an ergonomic and industrial injury specialist from N.Y, Repetitive strain injuries can be prevented. With the rise of repetitive stress injuries such as Carpal Tunnel, shoulder and neck strains, and the increase in work related injuries (work comp) a properly set up office is becoming more of a necessity than a luxury.

RSI, most commonly thought of as a disease affecting the wrist and hand, can affect many body parts, such as the elbow, shoulder, neck and lower back. Through proper ergonomic intervention, these conditions can be controlled or eliminated within the work place.

RSI affect nerves, muscles and other soft tissues, if undetected it can lead to disabling conditions for the involved person. Proactive approaches, such as education, proper ergonomic office evaluations, implemented back safety programs and physical stretching and conditioning can have tremendous preventative results that can bring employers a positive return on their investment and tremendous reduction of the number of people at risk.

Ergonomic planning and a safety mindset are the benchmarks of good RSI prevention strategy. Consult you companies safety director or your local Chiropractor for assistance in setting up a work station that relieves your stress, not contributes to it. You will find that your work load will rise and your pain will fall.