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Workplace Ergonomic

Posted By Matthew Nicholas, Chapter Relations & Marketing Coordinator, Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Workplace Ergonomic

By: Jonathan Aguda, SPTA; Elizabeth Eck, SPTA; and Amanda Gardner, SPTA
Oakton Community College, Class of 2018

For our service learning project, we went out into the public to inform those at risk on proper workplace ergonomics. As part of our duties as PTAs, we must find those at risk and try to prevent further injury to their bodies. We decided to find a local company, CSED, who has multiple locations with office employees that would benefit from our knowledge. We presented our project based of the standard of ethical conduct for PTA. Prior to the presentation, we researched common musculoskeletal disorders that affect those in office settings. We also looked at workplace ergonomics, proper posture and preventative measures. Afterwards, we made an HEP to benefit those individuals at risk. These exercises included strengthening underused and the stretching of overused muscles. These were then performed at the presentation, so these individuals could pass their new knowledge to the other departments not present. Pamphlets were also distributed for proper posture and workstation placement. Extra handouts were provided and left on the company bulletin board for those who were unable to attend the presentation.

As part of the duties as PTAs is to follow the standards of ethical conduct. One of the standards that was applied during this service learning project was standard 2A. This states that PTA’s need to act in the best interest of the client.  After presenting our material to the employees of CSED my peers and I were asked to help reorganize some of the workstations, so they could ensure that they were working in the most ergonomically efficient area. Standard #8 states that as PTAs, we should participate in efforts to meet the health needs of people globally. Starting with these women, we brought preventative techniques to decrease the risk of injury. We were demonstrating proper posture, maintaining curves of the spine, and changing the environment to fit the individual. This way, they can teach others who may also need risk prevention to improve not only their workday efficiency, but also activities outside of work. Creating healthy habits will benefit an individual in all aspects of life.

Having the opportunity to educate a group of people on the benefits of physical therapy and exercise is one of the most rewarding goals during our service learning.  We were able to help those in attendance understand how certain exercises and stretches should feel and was able to answer questions they had on form and technique.  We felt that being in an open environment made it easier for questions to be asked that otherwise might go unanswered. This opportunity has enhanced our knowledge and exposed us to teaching preventative techniques to the public through volunteer work.

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