Do you or your staff experience physical or sensory difficulties during the working day? Has anyone suffered from any of the following disabilities either marginally or badly enough to warrant the need for sick leave?
- Knee Ache
- Spinal Discomfort
- Lower Back Pain
- Sciatica Nerve Pain
- Rsi Related Disabilities
- Writing And Wrist Disorders
If the answer is YES to any of these debilitating effects then it is recommended you request a Display Screen Equipment ( DSE ) Assessment. Atlantic Office can provide comprehensive Clinical Workstation Assessments or Product Assessments as well as our online Workstation Assessment.
Without good posture, many of the daily tasks you perform during your workday can cause immediate and chronic health problems. This is especially true if your job requires you to sit at a desk for long periods performing repetitive actions such as typing. Understanding how posture affects your body and the problems poor posture can cause can make choosing and applying solutions easier and more effective.
What makes good posture? “A NEUTRAL/RELAXED POSTURE”
When the body is relaxed, with all the muscles and tendons in a resting state, then it could be said to be a good posture… Our muscles are always working, even if they are not moving. This ‘work’ exerts force and strain on our musculoskeleton, and it is the extent of strain that determines the effects on the body.
Correct working posture
Always sit back and move your chair close to the desk to maintain contact between your back and the chair back to help support and maintain the inward curve of the lumbar spine.
This can easily be achieved by choosing a seat which has a forward tilt of 5°-15° thereby ensuring your hips are slightly higher than your knees
What makes a bad posture? “ANY POSITION THAT EXERTS UNDUE STRAIN ON THE MUSCULOSKELETON”
Factors influencing and contributing to bad posture
- Design of the Task
- Frequency and Repetition of the task carried out
- Design of any equipment supporting the task.
Poor working posture
Do not perch on the front of your seat. Do not place your keyboard too far away. Instead move it closer to the front of the desk
Avoid incorrect slouching where the angle of the pelvis rotates backwards. This results in the loss of the inward curve in the lumbar spine, causing excessive strain on the lumbar discs.
Balanced rocking pelvic tilt and adjustable floating chairs allow the user to release the whole seat and back into free float thereby allowing the user to lean back and ‘slouch correctly’ whilst the chair supports the user.
You must ensure that you remain in the correct position with bottom back and the chair back following the lumbar spine.
Do not be tempted to slide forwards as this will stop the natural inward curve of the lumbar spine.
Take care with synchro mechanisms whereby the “freefloat” feature allows the chair back to go past 90° resulting in the pelvis rotating backwards to reduce the curve of the lumbar spine.
Recommendations to reduce aches and pains:
- Regularly vary work tasks, looking at organisation of the working day
- Break up ‘on-screen’ activities with micro-breaks – tasks which involve movement, stretching and changes to body position.
- Try standing during some tasks and moving away from the workstation for short periods where possible.