physiquality blog: workplace ergonomics
When I moved to Los Angeles in 2008 and started working for PTPN, I was confronted with a new idea, backed by California law: Your workspace should be ergonomically correct and not detrimental to your health. (Unfortunately, this was contrary to what I’d experienced at my previous job in Chicago, where the chair I was given was literally square, which made my back ache by 2 p.m. most days. My choice was to either live with it or to bring in a chair of my own. Lovely environment.)
Since then, I’ve become much more aware of how little tweaks to your desk or workspace can make a big change in how you feel at the end of the day. I was happy to tackle this topic with one of our physical therapist members, a certified ergonomic assessment specialist and a consultant to companies on workplace injury prevention and management.
More than ever before, Americans are sitting in front of computers for hours at a time, whether at work or at play. Have you thought about how your posture at your desk or the layout of your workspace can affect your health?
Darren Bayliss, a physical therapist with Maximum Impact Physical Therapy (a Physiquality network physical therapy clinic in Arizona), consults with workers and companies to prevent injury and improve workspaces. He focuses on personal ergonomics, “targeting the individual’s posture, postural habits and movement patterns.” He notes that incorrect posture and movement can eventually lead to injury, underlining the importance of proactive workplace evaluations — evaluating your own or your company’s workspaces before someone files for workers’ comp.