Ergonomics

Prolonged sitting can be as dangerous for your health as smoking, but it’s not only bad posture that causes pain.
Did you know the average American sits 13 hours per day? Unfortunately, it’s often at a workstation that promotes poor posture. This kind of prolonged sitting can be as dangerous for your health as smoking, but it’s not only bad posture that causes pain. Many of us also suffer repetitive trauma injuries from long-term computer use, prolonged sitting in an unhealthy position, and other work and home activities.

If you’re ready to make your workplace safer and healthier, we can help.

Is Your Workspace Causing Pain?

Unfortunately, many workspaces are set up poorly and do not offer good sitting positions or options to stand throughout the day. Sitting comfortably often involves slouching, which rounds the shoulders and pokes the chin forward. This places a lot of stress on the neck and back.

Common ergonomic issues include:

  • Looking in one direction repetitively
  • Poor seat height
  • Sitting in a chair with poor lumbar and thoracic support
  • Laptop use
  • Vision issues
  • A non-ergonomic mouse or keyboard
  • Monitor height
  • Ability to stand and move throughout the day while at the workstation

The solution is to reorient your workspace around a healthy seating position. That’s where we come in.

Ergonomics Physical Therapy

The team at Life’s Work Physical Therapy specializes in ergonomic consultations for both individuals and businesses. Whether work-related pain is already an issue, or you simply want to prevent injuries in the future, we can help.

We’ll perform a thorough, detailed evaluation of your workspace to identify potential problems. Then we’ll work closely with you to address them in the right way.

Are you interested in an ergonomic consultation for yourself or your business?

Schedule a consultation today.

Or keep reading to learn more about our individual and corporate ergonomics programs.

Business Consulting

We have worked with Fortune 500 companies and small businesses across all industries with the common goal to reduce workplace exposure to sprain and strain injuries.

Estimates suggest that direct workers’ compensation expenses alone cost employers nearly $1 billion per week. That doesn’t even include indirect costs, such as training replacements, decreased productivity, repairing damaged equipment, and lower employee morale. These indirect costs can be up to 10 times the direct costs. In many companies, musculoskeletal costs (medical or workers’ compensation related) may represent 30% of total costs.

Our programs are designed to target and minimize injury risk whenever possible, and to help you create an environment where everyone can thrive and be productive.

How We Can Help

Since the founding of Life’s Work in 2001, we have helped companies develop and refine their ergonomics and corporate wellness programs in industries ranging from healthcare, to construction, to manufacturing, and beyond. We’ve worked with businesses of all sizes to:

  • Minimize the risk of chronic injuries at computer workstations
  • Implement patient handling programs to limit injuries to patients and healthcare employees
  • Make construction work sites safer from musculoskeletal injuries
  • Implement stretching programs to assist with warming up prior to work
  • Reduce manual materials handling and injury risk at assembly lines
  • Much more

Our team is trained to understand your individual problem and come up with a proposal, strategy, and plan to solve it.

The Life’s Work Approach

At Life’s Work, our consulting programs follow three basic principles:

  1. All work activities should permit the worker to adopt several different, but equally healthy and safe postures.
  2. Where muscular force has to be exerted, it should be done by the largest appropriate muscle groups available.
  3. Work activities should be performed with the joints at about mid-point of their range of movement. This applies particularly to the head, trunk, and upper limbs.

We take a comprehensive analysis of your business and your risk factors, and provide multifaceted solutions that involve safety teams, human resources, and supervisor training programs. We thoroughly examine your workplace so we can identify and resolve potential injury risks without disrupting your workflow. We can help you become more, not less, productive and reduce your injury costs, which improves your bottom line.

Ergonomic Consultations for Individuals

Work-related pain can be debilitating, frustrating, and can even affect your life outside of work. Even something as simple as bad desk height can lead to injury, fatigue, and difficulty concentrating. You shouldn’t have to suffer because of your workplace setup. We can help you identify and fix the problems that are causing your pain.

Workplace Evaluations

A good ergonomic workstation is one that’s built to accommodate your ideal posture. The physical therapy ergonomic consultants at Life’s Work can help identify ergonomic issues with a detailed analysis of your workstation. We typically do this remotely, using digital photos. We will also talk to you about how you use your workstation. Then we’ll recommend specific, research-based solutions that aim to:

  • Help you minimize unnecessary motion in an effort to reduce stress on your body
  • Identify habits that could cause pain or injury
  • Reorient your workstation in a way that’s safe, comfortable, and conducive to productivity

Physical Assessments

If you’re in pain, we can also perform a thorough, precise physical assessment that considers specific painful areas as well as how your whole body is working as a system. A poorly designed workstation commonly causes pain in the cervical spine (neck) and upper extremities, especially:

  • Headaches
  • Jaw pain
  • Neck pain at the base of your skull
  • Pain or a knot-like feeling between your shoulder blades
  • Aching or tightness radiating down your arms or into your hands
  • Pain that is worse at the end of the day or as the week progresses (though it might improve over the weekend)

You don’t have to simply resign yourself to pain and discomfort at work. Our physical therapists excel at finding the root causes of even the most chronic and complex pain. We’ll get to the bottom of it together.

Let's get better together.

Contact us today to get started on your individualized treatment plan.

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Three Convenient Locations

Phone: 503-295-2585
Fax: 503-295-2587

SW Portland

9450 SW Barnes Road
Suite 100
Portland, OR 97225

NE Portland

700 NE Multnomah Street
Suite 400
Portland, OR 97232

Tigard

9900 SW Greenburg Road
Suite 150
Portland, OR  97223