Ergonomic & Postural Training

Harmony Physiotherapy Ottawa is trained in ergonomics teaching as a means to help people with injury prevention and resolution. Both the tools used in your home or workplace (everything from your chair to your car to your computer to industry-specific machinery), as well as the way you use these tools, are subject to study and modification. Your Harmony Ottawa Physiotherapists can determine if these tools and your workplace requirements or home responsibilities are physically suited to you, and if not, what can be done about it.

Why are ergonomics & Postural Training important in the workplace?

So, what kind of injuries are we talking about? The typical Canadian employee may face any of the following musculoskeletal injuries, which are common in the workplace:

  • Cervical strain and pain (including a new phenomenon called “text neck”)

  • TMJ Dysfunction & tension headaches

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome (median nerve entrapment at the wrist)

  • Tendonitis (inflammation in tendons)

  • Rotator cuff strains and tears

  • Medial or lateral epicondylitis (golfer’s or tennis elbow, respectively)

  • Trigger finger

  • Back pain caused by injuries to the muscles, joints, or discs

Of course, it’s not possible to completely eliminate one’s risk for sustaining one of the above injuries. However, it’s important to note that poor posture, excessive sedentary behavior, and improper workspace setup all contribute to the incidence of such conditions.

In other words, fixing your ergonomics at work can drastically decrease your risk of sustaining an injury that may cost you in terms of medical bills, lost wages, and decreased productivity!

Of course, ergonomics is not just for the workplace. In truth, everyone in your household needs to have a healthy awareness of good ergonomics in their daily lives, while doing everything from using their smartphone to driving to playing sports.

Have you been injured at work, at home, or during your favorite sport or leisure activity? Contact Us Today at Harmony Physiotherapy Ottawa to schedule a consult with an experienced physical therapist. We’re ready to help you feel and move better, no matter where life takes you!