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Ergonomics

Workplace Ergonomics

Ergonomics is the study of how well people fit in their jobs.  The goal of ergonomics is to reduce stress and eliminate injuries and disorders associated with the overuse of muscles, bad posture and repeated tasks.

What Causes Workplace Injuries?

Many workplace injuries are repetitive-stress injuries or cumulative-trauma disorders.  These injuries occur when abnormal stresses are repeatedly placed on normal joints by poor posture or poor joint position during the performance of a task.  Many of these stresses are caused by poor workstation design and/or repetitive task performance.  In addition, poor posture at the workstation can be detrimental.

Poor Ergonomics and Common Workplace Injuries

Unhealthy ergonomics can results in a wide range of workplace injuries. 

  • Strains and sprains: These injuries are more common in neck, shoulder, and back muscles, and in other connective tissue elements.  Back or cervical strain accounts for more than 43% of the 1.3 million illnesses and injuries in the private industry.  Such injuries are caused by sudden or sever twisting, bending, and lifting movements that are repetitive or involve heavy objects.  Poor posture can cause lower back pain that overstretches and strains surrounding ligaments and muscles.
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome: This strain injury is caused by repetitive activities involving the wrist and hand.  In most cases, small muscles of the forearms and hand are affected, which may cause discomfort and compromise functionality.  Symptoms include progressive weakening of hand movements, tingling, or numbness in first three fingers (including thumb), and pain that worsens with activity.
  • Headaches: The major cause of headaches in the workplace may be occupational stress linked with conflict, unrealistic performance expectations, and excessive workload.  Ergonomic and environmental conditions- such as noise pollution, environmental toxins, eyestrain from computer use poor standing/sitting, and improper lightening-can also headaches.

Understanding ergonomics allows Indian Harbor Chiropractic Associates to improve the quality of their patients' work while promoting overall fitness and health.  


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  • "Everyone in our 5-member family looks forward to appointments with Dr. Gailes. She is simply the best! She is a highly skilled and knowledgeable chiropractor who helps us feel better and who also teaches us different ways in which we can help ourselves and improve our own well-being. She is also one of the nicest people and we all think of her as a wonderful friend. We feel extremely fortunate to know her and have her in our Greenwich community."
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  • "Dr Gailes was thorough, patient and truly interested in solving for the root cause of my pain (desk ergonomics, sleeping pillow, lumbar support, etc). I’ve always been reluctant to go to a chiropractor- cracking and popping scared me! I was very pleasantly surprised at the approach- warm compress, electro stimulation and manual manipulation. Was a relaxing experience and I felt a difference! Am looking forward to returning for more relief! Thank you Dr Gailes!"
    Amy Vogt
  • "I'm commercial photographer and carry a lot of gear for the past 30 years. I met Dr. Gailes at a event and she convinced me I should try a treatment. I always had a my doubts about chiropractors, but she had a sweet manor and decided to give it a try. Wow, was I blown away how just one treatment gave me relief after years of abuse to my body. Very professional staff and office environment. I also have played sports and study martial arts for years. So you sports guys take notice, and let her do her magic!"
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