THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF VARYING POSTURE

The fundamental aim of ergonomics is to “fit the task to the person.” Since people vary in many ways, including their size, age, gender, fitness, health, physical and cognitive capacities, etc., the way to get the most efficient performance and to safeguard the health and satisfaction of each worker is to enable them to adjust the task to suit their own preference, so far as that is possible.

Adjustable sit-stand workstations are a major element in providing this personal flexibility of work design. Sit-stand represents the very essence of good ergonomics. This is why sit-stand working has been shown to provide a range of benefits that will aid both the worker and their employer.

Sit-stand work design may enhance cognitive performance and productivity whilst reducing the risk of Type 2 Diabetes, Obesity, Fibromyalgia, Cardiovascular problems, Leg Circulatory disorders and Musculoskeletal discomfort such as Back and Neck Pain associated with a lack of postural variation over extended periods.

Dr. Robert W. Stuthridge B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., CPE, MIES (Human Factors Engineer)

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