What is Ergonomics?

by Dr Calhoun | October 5th, 2009

 

It means improving the fit between you and an activity.  An example would be adjusting a workstation so that you can better reach or operate a machine without discomfort and with increased efficiency.  Ergonomics is not just job related.  By untilizing ergonomic principle, you can make any activity less taxing on your body.

Why should you care?

Musculoskeletal disorders or “MSDs”, are injuries often associated with repetitive strain or damage to muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and joints.  Most frequently the back, neck and wrists are affected, yet the whole body is at risk.  Left untreated, an MSD can result in pain and reduced range of motion.

What are the signs of a MSD?

Discomfort, pain, and limited range of motion or stiffness are common early signs.  You may have swelling, tingling or numbness.  You may wake up at night with a sensation of pins and needles in an extremity.  At first the discomfort may come and go.  With repetitive stress, it is likely to become more intense and more permanent.  Muscle weakness and nerve problems may develop.  By applying a proper treatment plan and ergonomic principles you may reduce or eliminate these problems altogether.

How can you correct a MSD?

Certified American Red Cross “Protect your Back” Chiropractor, Dr. Calhoun, Liberty Hill Chiropractor is an expert in ergonomic principles.  He can assess your unique situation and appropriately treat your condition in a healthy way. Call 512-689-9864 today for an appt today!

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