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.
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.