Day 11: Science of Ergonomics

Day 11: Science of Ergonomics

31 Days of Gratitude
Join me as I celebrate all I have to be thankful for during the month of October. Why October instead of November? One more day! Enjoy and be blessed.

If someone had not figured out that the age of computers also was responsible for the age of carpal tunnel syndrome, I would be severely screwed. In my line of work, I spend hours and hours in front of a computer screen. Fortunately, I learned early that if I was to continue in my public relations career, I’d better get a real good handle on body mechanics and take proactive measures to quell body aches and pains.

In the job I have now, coworkers are well versed in stretching, frequent breaks, changing up duties and utilizing a desk that can be adjusted from sitting to standing is miraculous. This was far from the case when I first started on computers in the 80s.

It was frowned upon if you suffered such injuries. You were labeled “broken” and not many people wanted to work with you if it meant you could suffer a work-related injury and their cost center would be impacted.

Today, it’s built-in. People are encouraged to take frequent breaks, walk over lunch, walk during breaks and just plain pay attention to your body and do what is necessary to remain injury free.

The doctors and physical therapists who figured out how best to manage this are heroes in my book. Thank you for making it possible for me to do what I love.

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