With the return of the school season and many people leaving the comfort of their own homes to complete work in person, one may question if our workplace setup bears any kind of impact on our physical well being.  According to ergonomic studies and research, it can!

But what is ergonomics? In simple terms, ergonomics can be described as the science behind designing a workplace to fit the needs of its users. Many different factors come into play, such as posture, repeated motions, noise, and even extreme temperatures.

In most cases, this science has been used to create comfortable working conditions by making changes to the equipment and furniture we use on a daily basis. Over time, ergonomic design practices have been used to evolve the structure of office chairs, backpacks, desks, keyboards and computer mice.

 The benefits don’t actually end at basic comfort, however. It has been proven that with the application of good ergonomics, the risk of injuries such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Tendinitis is greatly lowered.

 Physiotherapists have a wide range of skills and can assist in assessing work spaces to correct posture, and treat existing muscle strain related injuries. If you’re interested in improving your posture and comfort on a day-to-day basis, consider seeking out the help of a registered physiotherapist.

This website provides general information about our services and conditions treated. It is not intended to be used for self-assessment or treatment, and is not a substitute for an individualized treatment plan developed by a registered physiotherapist.

By the Action Potential Rehabilitation Staff

Page last reviewed: June 2, 2023