OR­THOPAEDIC WON­DERS OF ER­GONOMICS

Say good­bye to or­thopaedic prob­lems, the sci­en­tific way.

Woman's Era - - Orthopaedic - Dr Ash­wani Maic­hand MS, MCH (Ortho) Fel­low­ship Joint Re­place­ment (USA & Ger­many)

Do you know lower back pain is the world's most com­mon work-re­lated dis­abil­ity which af­fects peo­ple from all walks of life? One root cause of this is sit­ting on in­con­ve­nient chairs for pro­longed hours. The bud­ding cul­ture of desk jobs has fur­ther de­te­ri­o­rated life­style of masses and has de­creased the phys­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties in daily life. So, here it be­comes im­per­a­tive for the peo­ple to use right kind of fur­ni­ture, which suits their body struc­ture and doesn't cause any kind of dis­com­fort lead­ing to pain in back, shoul­ders, arms, etc.

How­ever, you would be sur­prised to know that a branch of science called as Er­gonomics specif­i­cally de­signs/ ar­ranges work­places, prod­ucts and sys­tems so that they fit the peo­ple who use them. Most peo­ple re­late er­gonomics with the de­sign of car con­trols and in­stru­ments – and it is! But it is so much more. Er­gonomics ap­plies to the de­sign of any­thing that in­volves peo­ple – workspaces, sports and leisure, health and safety. In fact, Er­gonomics is a branch of science that aims to learn about hu­man abil­i­ties and lim­i­ta­tions, and then ap­ply the learn­ing to im­prove peo­ple's in­ter­ac­tion with prod­ucts, sys­tems and en­vi­ron­ments. Con­se­quently, it im­proves workspaces, en­vi­ron­ments to min­imise risk of any kind of harm or in­jury.

With the ev­ery- grow­ing tech­nolo­gies, it must be en­sured that the kind of tools, prod­ucts, fur­ni­ture we use on daily ba­sis that too for pro­longed hours should be de­signed as per our body's re­quire­ments. Es­pe­cially, fur­ni­ture. As an aptly de­signed fur­ni­ture is im­per­a­tive for a healthy or­tho­pe­dic life.

Er­gonomics im­por­tance for healthy

or­thopaedic con­di­tions It is need­less to say that er­gonomics con­tri­bu­tion in the or­thopaedics is com­mend­able! Thou­sands of peo­ple keep­ing them­selves at bay from sleep­less nights and tremen­dous pains by choos­ing er­gonomics in their daily life. Here we en­list why it is vi­tal for you and your health.

❋ Dis­com­fort causes stress and pain and fur­ther leads to sleep­less nights and ir­ri­tated be­hav­iour. But bid farewell to all of these as er­gonomics is the science in which fur­ni­ture is de­signed to pro­vide long term stress-free com­fort for nor­mally healthy peo­ple.

❋ It is sci­en­tif­i­cally proven that chairs and fur­ni­ture de­signed with er­gonomics tech­niques pre­vent you from caus­ing any kind of pains in body in fact, and rather lessen the ef­fects of pre- ex­ist­ing or­thopaedic con­di­tions.

❋ Most er­gonomic/ or­thopaedic chairs are se­lected through a due dili­gence process and meet rel­e­vant cri­te­ria set by chi­ro­prac­tors.

❋ Er­gonomics cre­ates safe, com­fort­able and pro­duc­tive workspaces by bring­ing hu­man abil­i­ties and lim­i­ta­tions into the de­sign of a workspace, in­clud­ing the in­di­vid­ual’s body size, strength, skill, speed, sen­sory abil­i­ties (vi­sion, hear­ing), and even at­ti­tudes. And as they say, per­son­alised is al­ways the best!

❋ In­creased needs of age­ing peo­ple also gets re­solved with these com­fort­able chairs and thus de­prive them from feel­ing any kind of pain de­spite be­ing seated for pro­longed hours.

How does Er­gonomics works?

Er­gonomics is rel­a­tively a new science branch of science and takes con­tri­bu­tions from much older and es­tab­lished sci­en­tific dis­ci­plines like, like psy­chol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing, biome­chan­ics, phys­i­ol­ogy, in­dus­trial deisng. In its pure essence, it is the study of de­sign­ing equip­ment, de­vices and pro­cesses that fit the hu­man body and its cog­ni­tive abil­i­ties. The two terms "hu­man fac­tors" and "er­gonomics" are es­sen­tially syn­ony­mous.

Your pos­ture mat­ters too

Er­gonomics is in­deed a study of how the hu­man body can get max­i­mum com­fort, safety and pro­duc­tiv­ity which keeps you away from or­thopaedic prob­lems. But this only solves one part of the equa­tion. Most of the times, we of­ten blame poorly de­signed work sta­tions, fur­ni­ture, cars for aches and pains. What we of­ten miss out is, proper us­age of our own body. Even the best er­gonom­i­cally de­signed chair won't do won­ders if the per­son us­ing it doesn't use his or her body prop­erly and sits in proper pos­ture.

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