In 2011, Statistics Canada reported that Canadian adults are sedentary for over 9.5 hours per day, and given current trends, there’s no reason to assume we’ve gotten any better over the past decade. Sitting at work, long commutes, and relaxation activities that are increasingly screen-based has led to the newly defined epidemic of Sitting Disease, an epidemic linked to all the risks associated with such dangerous behaviour as smoking – increased risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and even early mortality.

Accepting that we might not be able to change the demands on our lives that keep us sitting still, we ought to give careful consideration to HOW we do the things we do. Postural Ergonomics gives us the ability to do just that – and to do so through a person-first lens.

Postural Ergonomics is a new-fashioned approach to ergonomic taking the focus off products and putting it on human function.

It addresses 4 pillars:

  1. functional (how the body is used to accomplish tasks)
  2. postural (proper body alignment throughout tasks)
  3. brain based (whether areas of the nervous system are being adequately/overly stimulated)
  4. environmental (finally, what tools are best implemented to support the other 3 categories).

Considering all 4 aspects of good ergonomics allows worker and evaluator together to do a comprehensive assessment and make a unique plan that makes sure each individual is feeling and functioning optimally as they do their daily tasks.

Make Use of Ergonomic Solutions

Education Opportunities for Postural Ergonomic success:

  1. Remote Postural Assessment – a work space assessment and recommendation profile done completely through detailed correspondence
  2. On-site Workspace Assessment – a global work-place assessment of one environment, including up to 4 individual rapid assessments
  3. Complete Workspace Assessment – ‘the whole nine-yards’ of Postural Ergonomic assessment, a detailed investigation and report