Category Archive: Ergonomics

Oct
14

Women’s purses and back pain

Recently, a young woman came to my office with complaints of severe middle and lower back pain. On her first visit, I carried her purse (big bag), to the treatment room to assess its weight. Then, I asked her permission to weight the bag and discovered that it weighed 8 pounds. While 8 pounds does …

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Oct
22

Stay Limber and Stay Healthy

Photo A - Quad Stretch

October is National Physical Therapy Month! The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) would like to recognize the thousands of physical therapists as dedicated health care providers. Moreover, physical therapists would like to thank the public for allowing us to participate in your health and wellness. While PT’s may not save lives…we do save LIFESTYLES! This …

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Sep
03

Have a healthy Labor Day

Proper Lifting Technique

Since 1894 Labor Day has been designated as the national holiday that pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. Research supports the notion that healthier employees are happier and more productive. When employers encourage healthy behavior and safety at work, they benefit in many ways. For example, in addition to improving job …

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May
28

Preventing headaches in children: Part 2

Photo 1 - Chin Tuck

Prevention of Headaches Associated with Neck Pain in Children and Adolescents: Part 2 of 2 Last week, Kelley German, MD3, GCSOM guest author wrote about the causes of headaches in children and adolescents. This week, we will discuss two additional causes, more mechanical than medical, but common none-the-less: poor posture and stress. Neck pain and …

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Dec
04

WILL SANTA BRING YOU A BACKACHE?

Photo 1 - Chin Tucks

Holiday shopping is stressful to your body as well as your wallet. Driving from store to store, getting in and out of the car, bundled in a sweater and winter coat, the expert shopper carries package after package from the store, to the car, over and over again. Six, eight, or ten hours later, the …

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Jul
10

Stand while working!

Standing while studying, working, reading … good for children and adults to learn, work and be healthier! I think we would all agree, technology is a wonderful thing. However, like all good things, it comes at a price. Students and workers alike are suffering from the many physical effects of sitting for too many hours. …

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May
13

Get Healthy and Prevent Lower Back Pain: Part 2 of 2 for Global Employee Health & Fitness Month

Pelvic Tilt Arm Exercise

Get Healthy and Prevent Lower Back Pain Part 2 of 2 for Global Employee Health & Fitness Month May is Global Employee Health and Fitness month.  Research supports the notion that healthier employees are happier and more productive. When employers encourage healthy behavior  and safety at work, they benefit in many ways. For example, in …

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May
06

Get Healthy and Prevent Lower Back Pain: Part 1 of 2 for Global Employee Health & Fitness Month

Postural Exercises - Shoulder Blade Pinch

Part 1 of 2 for Global Employee Health & Fitness Month May is Global Employee Health and Fitness month.  Research supports the notion that healthier employees are happier and more productive. When employers  encourage healthy behavior and safety at work, they benefit in many  ways. For example, in addition to improving job satisfaction and productivity,  …

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