Ergonomics/Injury Prevention

A good stance and posture reflect a proper state of mind.

Facilitation of Return to Work and duty to accommodate can be multifaceted and complex; therefore, it can be beneficial to have a third party provide objective measurable modifications at the worksite. Modifications may include work tasks and/or hours to facilitate gradual return to the target job, as well as advice regarding medical and psychiatric symptom control and body mechanics/ergonomics.

Despite what you may have heard, a Standing Desk will not cure “Sitting Disease”. The truth is, you can stand just as poorly (or worse) than you can sit. A thorough, individualized approach to Ergonomics is essential for any office worker looking to relieve and reduce pain and symptoms associated with Repetitive Strain. Low Back Pain, Neck Pain, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Headaches and others will not be cured by a specific product or tool.

Ergonomics refers to “the study of the relationship between workers and their environment”. As such, it is important to assess the worker and their tasks, including how the different parts of the body relate as regular duties are performed. Our Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists are well educated to provide an ergonomic assessment in the home or in the workplace and all hold additional designation as Certified Ergonomic Evaluation Specialists (CEES) and may be scheduled on an individual basis or for groups or departments of employees.

Ergonomic Assessment

Individual ergonomic assessments are tailored to the worker. The therapist works directly with the worker to provide an in-depth, expert consideration of the worker, in terms of their work demands, workstation, existing work or non-work related pathology as well as individualized anthropometric considerations.

Adjustments to the work environment and routine to decrease risks of injury and increase productivity may be made on the day of the assessment. Recommendations that are made on-site and solutions provided are tailored to be practical, economical and sustainable.

Ergonomic Presentation

A cost effective method to provide education to office and/or industrial workers and teach employees how to use their bodies in the most efficient and least detrimental ways. These training workshops can be tailored to provide workers with the knowledge to change their working habits and their work environment (i.e. reposition their tools, furniture, and equipment) to reduce stress on their bodies, thus reducing risks of discomfort and injury.

The training program is combined with a brief individual review to assist with modifications and overcoming minor individual complaints. A short report outlining recommendations and modifications made at the time of the workshop will assist the workers with future equipment considerations and purchases. YKPT provides a training manual for future reference with the presentation to each participant.

Bring us in to join you existing lunch n’ learn series. This is a great solution to providing an ergonomic overview as part of your team’s health and safety for the year. We offer a tailored ergonomic and benefit of stretching seminar. These seminars offer an informal platform for the team to ask questions about how to avoid office related injuries and how to mitigate their work environments to suit their needs.