How many of you reading this article have had a workstation assessment and had someone adjust the chair, computer monitor, mouse and keyboard to suit your individual needs? Generally most of us have some form of workplace induction that involves sorting out a desk and workplace to some degree. Many of us often inherit a workplace and leave it as it was without any thought. For those of you you spend your week glued to your chair and desk and in many cases often eating lunch at the workstation, then a workstation assessment is a must. For those of you who take work home with them and then spend time on their laptop should also look at getting some advice on how to reduce the likelihood of musculoskeletal strains and sprains.

When it comes to workplace injuries, prolonged postures and working for prolonged periods without regular breaks can contribute to one developing workplace strains and sprains. Common strains and sprains that occur for desk workers include: headaches, neck pain, shoulder and back pain. Simple changes to ones workstation set up, chair and regular breaks can reduce ones risk of developing these strains and sprains. Add these changes to advice on stretching and exercises and ones risk of developing injuries can reduce more so.

If you would like to find out more about organising a workplace assessment, then contact Osteopath Heath Williams @ Principle Four Osteopathy & Corporate Work Health Australia Pty Ltd. Heath carries out both 1:1 workplace assessments (45 – 60 minutes) and small group assessments (20-30 minutes each). To find out more about organising an in house workplace assessment for yourself or employees, call 03 9670 9290 or email: info@principle4.com.

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