Ergonomics can be used to address all sorts of work-related injuries, including back pain and nerve impingements. At Ashburn Chiropractic & Rehab Center in Ashburn, VA and Reston, VA, Dr. Broussard uses advanced ergonomic techniques to improve spinal alignment and back health while also addressing postural and work-related stresses for optimal outcomes.
What is ergonomics?
Ergonomics is the study of how people work and perform specific tasks, with a focus on how performing those tasks affects the body. In chiropractic care, ergonomics focuses on the stresses and strains that are placed on the musculoskeletal and nervous systems while working and performing routine daily chores at home. Treatment addresses both structural and postural issues affecting the body and causing pain and injury.
How does ergonomics help to reduce pain and injury in the workplace?
Ergonomics takes into account all the forces, stress and strains exerted on the body throughout a workday or when performing chores, and then uses an analysis of biomechanics to determine how the processes involved in those tasks can be improved or modified to reduce the risk of injury and painful symptoms. A good example of ergonomics at work is redesigning the height ratio between a desk and chair to reduce strain on the wrists, which can help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome. Another example includes the use of chairs with better back support to avoid low back pain, neck pain, and even chronic headaches. Ergonomics can also be applied to non-desk work, including working in manufacturing and research facilities, to consider everything from lighting and fatigue mats to the movements a person makes while performing his or her duties at work.
What is CBP?
CBP stands for chiropractic biophysics, research- and evidence-based approach to treatment that focuses on helping patients achieve optimal spinal and postural alignment. CBP practitioners are trained in the use of specific techniques and equipment aimed at improving range of motion, flexibility and strength of the back while also helping the spine to move back into an idealized position, reducing stresses and strains that can cause painful symptoms as well as nerve-related issues like numbness, burning sensations and weakness. CBP includes “traditional” techniques like manual spinal alignment as well as traction to address multiple issues that may be influencing the spine, resulting in curvature. X-rays are used to monitor the progress of treatment to ensure patients achieve optimal results.