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Published: April 5, 2020

Back In Motion are now offering ergonomic assessments at your home to ensure clients have a good workstation setup that will help to prevent injuries.

Over the last few weeks, we have noticed an increase in clients coming into our clinics with work related injuries from having an incorrect workstation setup at home. To help prevent injuries from occurring, our Physiotherapists are now offering ergonomic assessments at home, a new service that can benefit both individuals and organisations of all sizes.

We will provide a copy of the assessment for each client to keep and pass on to their HR department which can assist with OHS compliance for home offices. A home ergonomic assessment is a small price to pay to ensure the safety of you or your staff and to help avoid work-related injuries at home.

Some common indicators that you may need an ergonomic assessment include:

  • Hand or wrist pain
  • Stiff shoulders and headaches
  • Sore lower back
  • Tight hips

Your assessment will be completely tailored to your job and personal requirements. Your individual needs as an administrator may require a two screen set up; a graphic designer may require a bigger screen and laptop and an accountant may require a number pad. Whatever role you play within your company, we will assess accordingly.

This ergonomic assessment service is available in your home, or via Telehealth. We ensure that enhanced COVID-19 infection control measures are in place when our Physio enters a client's home. Please feel free to contact Back In Motion Werribee to discuss these measures with us and to find out how an ergonomic assessment can be of benefit to you and/or your business.

In the meantime, here are a couple of tips from our Physios to get you thinking about your workstation setup and habits at home.

Watch that phone! Do you spend a lot of time on the phone? Keep your phone in easy reach and try and use a hands-free option where possible.

MOVE! Remember to move during the day - take regular breaks and don't forget to stretch. Movement is often reduced when working from  home as we no longer have to walk to the car/train station/office and we don't duck out to get coffees or walk to meetings. Keep an eye on your daily steps and try to set a reminder to get up and move (walk, stretch or exercise) every 30-60mins.

Relax! Although it may feel strange and different initially, optimal desk setup should feel easy and encourage a more relaxed posture once you become accustomed to it.