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What is Ergonomic Occupational and Physical Therapy?

With work-from-home and hybrid working being the new norm, understanding and applying the principles of ergonomics has never been more critical. But what is ergonomic occupational and physical therapy, and how can it make a difference in your life?

Ergonomics in occupational and physical therapy involves the optimization of your functional mobility and helps you work more efficiently without putting undue strain on your body. Spear’s team of experienced occupational and physical therapists are well-equipped to guide you on this journey, offering ergonomic and work-from-home consultations via Spear LIVE, our online telehealth service, as well as in-person sessions.

When is ergonomic occupational and physical therapy recommended?

Anyone spending considerable time at a desk, on the phone, or on a computer can benefit from an ergonomic consultation. You don’t have to wait for pain or discomfort to occur before making changes. Our ergonomic therapies can help prevent repetitive strain injuries, relieve pain, and treat these injuries alongside physical or occupational therapy.

What is the goal of ergonomic occupational and physical therapy?

The ultimate goal of ergonomic occupational and physical therapy is to improve your functional mobility and productivity while minimizing the risk of injuries. We aim to achieve this by creating a personalized treatment plan that takes into account your workspace, your job requirements, and any particular health needs you might have.

What does an ergonomic occupational or physical therapy treatment involve?

Your therapist will begin by gathering information through a medical history, a questionnaire, and an assessment of your workplace setup using telehealth video chat. You and your therapist will then collaborate to devise an ergonomic workspace that optimizes your health and productivity. Your therapist will also design a home exercise program to address any areas of decreased strength contributing to postural dysfunction. Future therapy sessions can be scheduled with your OT/PT to restore function and pain-free independence.

Frequently asked questions about

Occupational therapists play a crucial role in ergonomics. They assess the relationship between the worker, the job, and the environment, making recommendations for workstation modifications that optimize work performance while reducing the risk of work-related injuries.

Physical therapists help with ergonomics by assessing an individual’s biomechanics, movement efficiency, and posture. They prescribe corrective exercises that enhance body mechanics, contributing to injury prevention.

Ergonomics in occupational therapy is concerned with designing workspaces, tools, and jobs to accommodate a worker’s skills. It seeks to decrease strain, uproot hazards, and boost productivity by optimizing human performance without sacrificing health.

Ergonomic physical therapy is concerned with modifying a person’s work environment or teaching them optimal body mechanics in order to alleviate pain and prevent injuries.

Ergonomics therapy blends ergonomic concepts with the therapeutic features of physical and occupational therapy to reduce pain, boost efficiency, and improve general workplace health.

Ergonomics improves comfort, performance, and productivity while decreasing the risk of injury and musculoskeletal problems. It guarantees that workplaces are constructed to accommodate workers’ abilities and limits.

Ergonomics improves the design of products, processes, and workplaces to better fit the people who use them. It entails comprehending human talents and limitations and putting this information to use in order to increase performance and well-being.

An ergonomic assessment is a review of a person’s working conditions. It assists in identifying potential injury risks, particularly those related to repetitive strain or bad posture, and purveys advice for improvement.

Ergonomics and joint protection entail designing work environments and putting policies in place to prevent joint strain, thereby lowering the risk of injuries and musculoskeletal problems.

Common ergonomic injuries include carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, and back injuries, often resulting from repetitive movements, poor posture, or an improperly set-up workstation.

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