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Ergonomics: Why Is It Important?

Another blog post from Ann Arbor chiropractor Mike Tannenbaum, D.C.: Ergonomics: Why Is It Important?

At my Ann Arbor chiropractic office, many people ask me why ergonomics is important. It’s a great question, and it has come up recently for many people with the increase in working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And yes, ergonomics IS very important.

I explain to my Ann Arbor chiropractic patients that ergonomics is the study of the design and modification of the work environment to fit the worker, and that the goal of ergonomics is to eliminate discomfort and reduce risk of injury due to work. Furthermore, I tell them that “proper ergonomics” is important. because when you’re performing an activity, your body can be stressed by awkward posture, extreme temperature, or repeated movement, which can negatively affect your musculoskeletal and nerve (or nervous) systems, leading to painful musculoskeletal and neurological conditions.

Some of the conditions associated with poor ergonomics are:

  • Joint pain (for example: hips, knees, and wrists)

  • Back pain

  • Neck pain

  • Headaches

Putting ergonomic solutions in place can make people more comfortable, help them avoid injury, and increase their productivity.

Chiropractors promote the use of “proper ergonomics,” as chiropractic and ergonomics both work in part to achieve and maintain healthy nerve and musculoskeletal systems.

If you have any questions about this blog post, chiropractic, back pain, neck pain, or headaches, I can be reached at my Ann Arbor, Michigan, chiropractic office at [email protected]


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