POSTURAL CORRECTION / ERGONOMICS
Poor posture can affect our bodies in surprising ways, even causing serious long-term effects.
Poor posture on the job is an issue that employees have been addressing for decades because it can lead to a variety of health problems and an increase in workplace absences. Physiocare Physical Therapy provides help with postural correction and ergonomics at home and in the workplace. Ergonomics is the art of fitting work tools to specific workers in order to avoid injury and chronic physical conditions, such as carpal tunnel syndrome or back pain.
WHAT IS AN ERGONOMICS SPECIALIST?
At Physiocare, we have ergonomics specialists who can provide physical therapy for conditions caused by maintaining poor posture for prolonged periods. Such conditions include sprains, strains, tendonitis, back and neck pain, rotator cuff tears, trigger finger, and tennis elbow. In order to help patients avoid future injuries, our experts also evaluate a workplace and/or home environment and make recommendations to correct posture when performing prolonged tasks. This can include adjustments in tools and equipment used at work or at home.
TREATMENT FOR POSTURAL CORRECTION AT PHYSIOCARE
In sessions with an ergonomics specialist at Physiocare, both the work environment and the individual are evaluated. Ergonomics specialists observe patients in their environment and make evaluations regarding posture and methods for performing the work.
The equipment used and how the work is done is also assessed, in addition to the general capacity of a patient to do the work without risk of injury. Following the evaluations, subtle changes may be recommended as far as body movement and work equipment, which should reduce the risk of injury and give relief to chronic pain. These needed workplace changes often don’t get the approval of employers without the input of an ergonomics specialist. Physical therapy treatments also help with the many conditions caused by poor posture.
Physiocare Physical Therapy is a direct access facility. You can schedule an appointment for physical therapy with one of our ergonomics specialists without a referral from a doctor or chiropractor. Patients are often referred by doctors, however; and ergonomics evaluations are requested by many employers, as well.