Physical Therapy for Work Activities
Ergonomics is about fitting the task to the person, and fitting the person to the task. When ergonomic principles are applied in a work environment, many workplace injuries are avoided and work performance can be improved.
To have “good ergonomics”, ergonomic risk factors with the task and the individual must be identified and eliminated or reduced. Some common ergonomic risk factors associated with the task include the following:
- Awkward Postures
- Contact Stress
- Environmental Conditions
- Prolonged Positions
- Repetitive Movements
How Benton Physical Therapy Can Help
At Benton Physical Therapy, we can help reduce your ergonomic risk factors by analyzing the postures and movements that you use during your work activities, as well as analyzing your body and it’s ability to perform the tasks. Physical Therapists can conduct a Functional Abilities Evaluation (FAE) to assess your physical ability to meet the demands of your job. We may identify risks within your job such as awkward postures and make suggestions for improvement. We may discuss your typical work day with you and provide guidance for avoiding injury or to assist in the recovery of an existing injury. We may suggest you plan your work day to break up prolonged positions with other tasks. At Benton Physical Therapy, we can design a program of stretches that you can do at your workplace to reduce muscle tension created by work activities.