Poor ergonomic habits can lead to pain and disability whether at work or home. Ergonomic risk factors to avoid include repetition, force, awkward posture, static posture, contact stress, compression, and vibrations. A good ergonomics program has been shown to always be successful if the elements listed are included.
What is ergonomics?
Ergonomics is the science of fitting the job to the worker to reduce risk factors for pain and injury.
When the requirements of a job exceed the capacity of the worker, work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) can occur.
People who spend a lot of time driving, social networking, or gaming can also minimize risk factors for the development of musculoskeletal pain and disorders (MSDs).
The importance of teaching ergonomics young to aid in the development of good ergonomic habits and reduction of MSDs. Tips for student ergonomic safety, ergonomic safety for students with an after-school job, and ergonomic tips for teachers.
“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”
Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams
“. . .We highly encourage educational gifts that stimulate the mind, inspire creativity, and provoke thought. Let’s thoughtfully give our children something they can keep with them forever. Let’s give them the gift of knowledge.”
Karla Hernandez Mats, President of the United Teachers of Dade County, who represents the rights of more than 25,000 education professionals
Teachers can aid students in developing good ergonomic habits
Teachers work hard to help kids succeed by providing the gift of knowledge that can last a lifetime. Their hard work and dedication can take its toll on the body.
Historically, by the time an individual begins to feel pain from poor ergonomics, it is too late to do anything about it. That is still true except in the case of teachers. Most teachers are young enough to have been taught about ergonomics.
Dyspareunia is painful sex that occurs before, during or after intercourse. Women usually experience dyspareunia during sex. Men usually experience it upon ejaculation, and it is a symptom of prostatitis. It is a common problem; however, many medical professionals are not aware of this syndrome causing patients frustration.
“Dyspareunia (difficult mating) is defined as genital pain that occurs before, during, or after intercourse. The repeated experience of pain during intercourse can cause marked distress, anxiety, and interpersonal difficulties, leading to anticipation of a negative sexual experience and eventually to sexual avoidance.”
American Psychiatric Association, 4th ed. 1994
Dyspareunia can occur in women and men. Some sources estimate dyspareunia occurs in two-thirds of all women. The medical literature does not quantify the number of men with this condition; however, it is a symptom of prostatitis.
Vaginal infections or infections of the prostate are the most common successfully-treated causes of dyspareunia.
Some newspaper archives of The Buttpillow® – Miami Herald; St. Paul Pioneer Press; Santa Fe New Mexican; The Columbus Dispatch; and Inventors Digest® after Pillow with Cantilever Supports Patent. Ergonomic Seating Cushion Patent was not granted until 2003.
The Buttpillow® was featured in 100 newspapers due to its “shock value.” The word “Butt” was shocking in 2002. You can check it out if you go to newspapers.com. We can’t link to the articles because you need to pay for them now; but you can look it up on newspapers.com.
Luckily, we had kept some paper copies featured below:
“The study of history can sometimes fool us into the belief that societies progressively improve on what has come before, as our body of knowledge increases. It seems we do not march slowly forward to an ultimate solution in this regard, but rather we tend to reinvent and then forget.” Kim Gurr
“A History of Seating in the Western World” discusses seating beginning with ancient Egypt through the modern ergonomics professional. It is a research paper based on the Postgraduate Diploma in Ergonomics Research project performed by Kim Gurr under the supervision of Leon Straker, Physiotherapy, and Phillip Moore, Social Sciences, at the Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Western Australia. Unfortunately, Ms. Gurr died before finalizing her research.
Seating is Important for Ergonomics
Seating is an important issue for contemporary ergonomics. Its frequent use by humans and its association with musculoskeletal disorders are just some of the reasons for its importance.
Ancient History of Seating through the Modern History of Western Seating
To understand the place of seating in modern Western societies, it is useful to understand its history.
This paper presents an overview of the ancient history of seating and the modern history of Western seating with particular emphasis on the design influences over the past 5,000 year period.
“Low back pain is one of the most common reasons for lost work time and Workers’ Compensation claims,” (Chase, J.A., et al., 1991).
Low back pain is common among sitting individuals
In a study of the relationship between lordosis (the curve of the spine) and sitting, researchers (Keegan JJ) found the most important factor in low back pain with prolonged sitting to be decreased trunk-thigh angle with consequent flattening of the lumbar spine. The flattening of the lumbar curve happens when an individuals slouches or leans forward often while sitting on a flat seat surface.
Hemorrhoids are common. Women during pregnancy have a high incidence of hemorrhoids. Some causes can be minimized such as prolonged sitting, prolonged standing, heavy lifting and others. Evidence shows a relationship between hemorrhoids and erectile dysfunction in people younger than 30. Hemorrhoidal Prostatic Impotence Syndrome was named in the 1940’s.
What is a hemorrhoid?
A hemorrhoid can be described as a big, bulging varicose vein in the rectum.
A hemorrhoid is defined as a “mass of dilated, tortuous veins in the ano-rectum involving the venous plexuses of that area.” – Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary, Edition 18. Syn. Pile – a single hemorrhoid; or Piles – hemorrhoids.