People move in very individual ways. Take world class athletes, for example. Athletes undergo years of rigorous training to ensure that each movement is most efficient and least harmful for the body. Avoiding injury and producing a winning outcome is essential for successful athletes.
The concept is the same for every day working folks, in this case, working on computers. People use their hands and arms differently. They use different postures; however, just as for an athlete, there are postures and motions that are least harmful, more comfortable and most efficient. Computer related discomforts can lead to injury. Injuries and discomfort are preventable and reversible. The longer the discomfort lasts without change or modification of input and posture techniques, the more likely an injury will result. The longer the discomfort or injury goes on, the longer and inconvenient it is to reduce and eliminate.
Equipment matters. Computer users need to learn which motions and postures are risk averse and chose their computer set up, input devices and chair adjustments to encourage comfortable, injury free outcomes.
Our training has been used in hundreds of classrooms, including a wide variety of employees. For our onsite Physical Therapy patients, recovering from injury, the results have been rapid and sustainable. When computers first became popular, we learned from watching our clients at work, noticing very common postures and entry techniques. When we combined our observations with our clinical/academic learnings, it became obvious that modifications would be successful. Many, many client interactions have, over 30 years, proven to produce comfort and absence of injury.
The Ergonomics professional, without the benefit of clinical responsibilities, can be very helpful; however, the anatomical, foundational root cause, often goes unidentified. The success is not as dynamic as it could be. For example, solutions are not dependent solely on repetition, force, awkward posture, duration, cold or vibration. The solution is not about reducing time at the computer. Workers often do not have the luxury of reducing their computer time. Solutions are more dependent on which anatomical body part and movement is repeated or loaded or for how long and if it is in cold temperatures!
Taking the Ergovalley training allows the student to analyze their setup, tools and motions, mediating high-risk behaviors. The training is not all inclusive of the field of Ergonomics, but rather, focuses on the most common injury prevention aspects. This information allows the computer user to be independent, identifying the best set up, tools, postures and entry behaviors for their individual habits and needs.
The training is quick and flexible. The student can go forward and back as desired. The quiz at the end has no “pass” requirement. The quiz will indicate immediately a correct or incorrect answer. Repeating one instructional slide or all information is the student’s choice, designed to make learning functional applications as quick and as easy as possible. Questions can be asked with rapid online response assured.