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The most effective ergonomic strategy is to resolve problems at the earliest stage of discomfort. Many companies do not survey for discomfort, because until now, there has been no consistently effective way to resolve that discomfort. Ultimately, a doctor is needed when the problem progresses to the point of constant pain, and then morale and productivity are in rapid decline. Experience from thousands of claims tells us that discomfort is the beginning of injury and the most critical stage.
When ergonomics programs use a product-oriented solution, the product alone is expected to solve the problem. Often great ergonomic products are provided but they do not produce any real solution until the whole body is properly integrated with the workstation.
Even a “good ergonomic chair” may not do the job it needs to do, particularly when it does not properly support the body to do the work. Further delays are likely when a new product’s introduction does not work as imagined, and then new problems need resolution, losing even more time and productivity.
The proven outcome of a well-integrated workstation is not only that it prevents cumulative trauma problems, it can also resolve existing injuries.
Note the change in movement at the hip when the spine moves into the upright posture.
Poor spinal postures in the chair are very common at work, but seldom noticed. Often, the best “ergonomic chair” can be the cause of slumping, and without knowing why, standing may seem the only reasonable alternative to avoid pain. The range of spine movement available in sitting is not much—there may be only 20-30 degrees difference from the very best to the worst posture, and it is easy to get stuck in the worst position. Until the client and ergonomic consultant use the measures we recommend, there is no way to easily see, feel or demonstrate good spine posture at work.