Ergonomic Consultations in Denver

Learn about advice on work place ergonomics to help ease the stress and strain of sitting.

Ergonomics in DenverWhat is Ergonomics?

From Wikipedia

Ergonomics is the study of designing equipment and devices that fit the human body, its movements, and its cognitive abilities.

An Ergonomic Consultation in Denver has Many Factors.

1. Light

  • Natural – Rays directed towards work space
  • Synthetic – Full Spectrum = Fluorescent

2. Mouse

  • Elbow close to body
  • Alternate from left to right hand every other week
  • Adjustable height platform
  • Wireless

3. Keyboard

  • Placement – able to move out of way when not using
  • Typing – Wrists should be @ neutral, Elbows @ 70 – 135
  • Adjustable – movable height platform
  • Wireless

4. Monitor

  • At arm distance
  • Flat Screen
  • High quality, sharp, no glare
  • Height – eye at top of screen so head is in neutral position or slightly flexed
  • Size – minimum 17″, possible multi-monitor set up
  • Anti Glare Screen
  • Last eye check up – Avoid computer vision syndrome (CVS) – frequent eye breaks at least 1 per hour – look at distant object for 20 seconds
  • Multiple neck saver/document holders – documents same angle to monitor with data transfer
  • Wall mount – full motion to accommodate different postures

5. Chair

  • Head rest capability
  • Adjustable arm rest
  • Tilt capacity
  • Swivel
  • Pelvis should be resting on back rest with pressure on “sits” bones
  • Lumbar support use to keep spine in neutral position

6. Desk

  • Position – consider effects of natural lighting
  • Width of chair slot – chair must be able to slide fully into desk slot
  • Slant – 10 -20 degrees may be useful
  • Consider standing desk with treadmill underneath or use foam pads on ground to simultaneously work on proprioceptive input and challenge

7. Sitting

  • Should be Active/Dynamic – Ideal sitting posture is one that continually changes
  • Static – knees = 90-120, essential to shift position every 10-20 minutes
  • Break – Do not remain siting longer than 50 minutes – stand and take break
  • Strengthen shoulder re-tractors every 20 minutes of continuous sitting – squeeze your shoulder blades together as hard as you can
  • Greater than 10 minutes – will allow biomechanical creep and hysteresis
  • Use and angled foot rest
  • Edge of seat at least 2″ between back of knee and edge of seat
  • Reclined to 100-110 degrees
  • No lifting heavy objects after prolonged sitting (very very dangerous and bad for your discs)

8. Objects

  • Comfortable Distance
  • Not requiring frequent twisting and reaching (very bad for your discs)

9. Phone

  • Blue Tooth
  • Headset
  • Easy to reach
  • Do not put phone between ear and hold with shoulder

10. Breathing/Environment

  • Add plants – reductions of VOC’s
  • Wall Art
  • Family Pictures
  • Beautify space
  • Open windows Periodically

12. Ventilation/Noise

  • Small Fan
  • Music
If you would like Dr. Artichoker to come to your workplace and give an  individual ergonomic consultation in Denver, or a presentation, please contact our office at 303-455-2225
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