Ergonomics. We’ve all heard the word but what does it mean and why does Dr Josh talk about it so much?
We all have that one college that can’t hold their tongue when walking into your office. If they’re not commenting about how long you’re sitting at your desk without getting up, they’re correcting your chair height or the placement of your screens. You’ve probably been tempted to listen to them because they’re making a whole bunch of sense and your back and neck have been stiff for some time now but you won’t give them the pleasure of being right.
All your annoying college is doing is correcting your ergonomics. Designing and arranging things people use so that they interact more efficiently and safely is called ergonomics.
Dr Josh, a Chiropractor from Bay Life Clinic in Port Elizabeth, demonstrates the importance of getting the foundation of sitting right with your ergonomics, in this clip. Without a good foundation, the rest of the ergonomics will be ineffective. It’s like building a house. If you don’t start with a solid foundation you will have major problems with your house. It doesn’t matter how much you spend on quality paint, fancy window frames or all of the best material money can buy. If your foundation is weak, the rest of your structure will be weakened. It’s the same as sitting correctly.
When you watch the clip you’ll see that a forward slope is preferred to keep, what Dr Josh calls a “stable neutral curve”. A slope that runs back, however, forces your spine into an unstable spinal position. This makes your muscles work to hold your body up, which could lead to stiff and painful muscles.
Screen and keypad distance, the height of your seat and how long you sit for at a time, including the back support are all vital points but secondary to your foundation (surface slope). Bad posture and various muscular pain problems lead Chiropractors to question the slope of their patient’s car seat, couch and office chair. Chiropractors always look for the cause of the problem and ergonomics has shown to play an important role in today’s fast-paced technology-driven society.
How’s your foundation looking? Is it solid or weak, stable or unstable? Your office chair is not the only thing to be concerned about though. Is your car seat sloped correctly or do you have a bucket seat? What about your couch. It may be comfy but it could also be causing serious harm to your body. These are the kinds of questions you can ask your annoying college next time they start commenting on your ergonomics. When they see you sitting on a wedge cushion at work you can tell them that Dr Josh recommended it and that you think they should give it a go.