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Michelle Despres Discusses Ergonomics on Good Morning America
One Call’s very own Michelle Despres, PT, CEAS II, CETS and VP of Physical Therapy, received national media attention on Saturday, August 22 when she was interviewed on Good Morning America. With so many people now working or attending school from home, Michelle discussed the importance of an ergonomically correct work/learning space and shared several dos and don’ts.
Watch the video below to see what steps you can take to create an ergonomically correct space.
Simple ways to set up work-from-home for comfort
COVID-19 has created a new virtual reality – both for school-aged children and adults. Unfortunately, many had to create makeshift work/learning stations, using living room sofas, beds or kitchen counters to attend work or school. Over time, poor posture can lead to weak muscles resulting in muscle tears, decreased circulation and scar tissue formation. These symptoms eventually show themselves as common cumulative trauma disorders such as tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome and sprains/strains.
How to create an ergonomic workspace:
- An easy first step is to establish a designated work/learning space, such as a desk or table. Working from a sofa or bed is not ideal.
- When sitting in a chair, keep your feet flat on the floor with your hips and knees at a 90° angle. Add a foot rest if needed to support your feet.
- Sit up straight so your lower back is supported by a chair and your weight is centered over your feet.
- Place your computer monitor at eye level, this can be done by using a stand or by stacking books or boxes.
- Keep the screen 18” to 24” away from your face.
- When working on a laptop, consider getting an external keyboard to maintain better posture.
- Avoid resting forearms on hard surfaces. Wrists should be free floating when typing and using a mouse.
- Incorporate micro breaks into your day to improve blood flow, this could include standing, raising your heels, or walking around your house. Make it a habit by doing an activity every time you answer a call or send an email.
- Don’t forget to rest your eyes. Every 20 minutes take a moment to shift your attention, focusing on a distant object or point in the room to avoid eye strain.
Now that you’re armed with some tricks to improve your work/learning space, try it out! You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel.
To learn more about ergonomics, download our whitepaper addressing:
- Common workspace risk factors
- Preventing work-related injuries
- Creating a proper ergonomic workspace