How To Be Ergonomic In Daily Living

Ergonomic is the relationship between you, the equipment and the environment for productive activity in daily living. Normally this area is related to the working environment, because of the risks involved in operating machinery. Productive activity is also used in the home, using equipment or machinery, therefore should also be considered as ergonomic. The difference is that the work at home is not paid employment! If you continue to read my articles, it will help you understand that ergonomics is not just about the paid employment environment. It should include activities that we perform daily in the home. The relationships are identical, except there are no financial incentives in the home!Ergonomics therefore is a triangular relationship between the environment, the equipment and the human. There is no set formula; it remains the same in any environment that includes humans / machines, or equipment. My knowledge as an Occupational Therapist and my personal experience with a congenital back disorder and osteoarthritis in both hands, will guide you through correct principles for ergonomic performance and safety.Being ergonomic is learning to move correctly around the home environment, in order to be safe in productivity. This is not rocket science, as your body will inform you, if your movements are not correct, such as not bending your knees when you are lifting something too heavy. However, if we use incorrect movements, because we feel they are comfortable, such as sitting. Then we can damage our bodies and create discomforts, such as repetitive strain injuries that will not disappear and become chronic problems.The danger lies in believing you are ergonomic, just because you have bought an ergonomic chair. Sadly this is not the case, because a chair alone will not make you ergonomic. Yes, I have also fallen into the trap of calling chairs “ergonomic”. But I need to target the right audience of customers, who want to take care of their skeletal joints, for also buying my chairs. I am now providing you with the real truth about ‘ergonomics’.Ergonomic chairs have supports and extra padding for creating comfort, but are they doing the right job for ergonomics? In my other articles, I explain that ergonomics is about using productive movements for performance. An ergonomic chair will not keep your movements safe, because you have to move to be ergonomic. The chair may protect your back from movement, but not sitting in a dynamic position. Your body needs constant movement in the pelvis, for strengthening the sitting position. If you want to your body to be ergonomic in daily life, then there are 3 key elements to use in your body: Your body needs movement, flexibility and strength to be ergonomic in activity.• Your skeletal joints need movement, or your joints become stiff from lack of movement.
• They also need flexibility, meaning they need to be stretched, or they become stiff and sore.
• And your muscles that surround the skeletal joints need strength, so that they can protect the joint from any serious harm. In other words, take advice from athletes who all use movement, flexibility and strength in their training protocol for fitness. It is something that should be called ‘functional fitness’.Being ergonomic in daily living is not about buying the right equipment that you believe will make you ergonomic and therefore safe. It is about learning to train your body to be part of the ergonomic triangle, by using the three key words of movement, flexibility and strength. Although our company sells ‘ergonomic’ chairs, you still need to select the right chair for the activity. Then you need to use the three key elements of movement, flexibility and strength in your body, for creating the right needs for your body to be ergonomic. We offer a free Therapeutic Active Living Plan with each chair that will teach you how to create an ergonomic body through simple daily living activities. If you go to a gym, or exercise at home, then you will not need any more than my written advice.