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.