Chiropractor of Bellevue - Ergonomics
Musculoskeletal disorders can occur from repetitive motions, poor posture and other kinds of injuries. Ergonomics, especially in the workplace, can also play a role. Chiropractic care can be very helpful to assess and treat ergonomic problems that are contributing to chronic pain. Here’s what you need to know about ergonomics, courtesy of your Bellevue chiropractor, Chiropractor of Bellevue.
What is Ergonomics?
Ergonomics is a science that owes its development to contributions from biomechanics, computer science, industrial engineering, safety engineering, and various medical disciplines. The goal is to improve the design of tools and the workspace to make them more efficient and less likely to cause injury. Rather than forcing the worker to fit the workplace, ergonomics looks at how the workplace and its tools can be modified to fit the worker. Ergonomic principles are used to design keyboards, hand tools, office chairs, and various devices. An ergonomic assessment can identify ways in which your workspace is creating problems.
Ergonomics and Musculoskeletal Disorders
Repetitive motion injury is one of the most common musculoskeletal problems. It can occur in almost any job. Frequent use of a keyboard may result in wrist, elbow or shoulder problems. Gripping a machine handle can cause hand and wrist problems. If you must lift heavy items in a constricted space or without proper tools, you may develop low back pain. Holding a phone between the neck and ear can cause headaches and neck aches. In all of these cases, the worker is adjusting their posture and body mechanics because of poor ergonomic design. Eventually, muscles, ligaments, and tendons become inflamed, and joint misalignment can develop.
Chiropractic Care and Ergonomics
Chiropractic care offers several possible solutions when you are troubled by musculoskeletal problems related to ergonomics. Some chiropractors are trained in ergonomic principles and can actually help with the design of your office or workstation. Even if that isn’t the case, the chiropractor can help identify the ways in which your working environment or your responses such as postural changes can be creating problems. Chiropractic care such as spinal and joint adjustments can help correct misalignments. Massage therapy helps release muscle tension, while corrective exercises stretch and strengthen muscles as well as improve flexibility.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
If you suffer from chronic pain or other musculoskeletal disorders, ask your Bellevue chiropractor whether ergonomics could be a factor. Please call Chiropractor of Bellevue 425-947-2449 for an appointment or come by the office at 365 118th Avenue SE, Suite 110, in Bellevue, Washington. We offer a wide range of chiropractic care and services for patients of all ages. Our goal is to help relieve your pain so you can do your work and enjoy the rest of your daily activities.