Ergonomics Articles

Hot Desking Trend – Is it Really so Hot?

by Dev Master

By Jana Zuidema (Bsc Physio)

So, what is hot desking? It’s a trend currently being adopted whereby no one seat is assigned to a single person in an office building. This trend is becoming so popular the likes of Deloitte, BBC, Proctor Gambal, Microsoft and others are adopting it as their modus operandi for their employees.

Top Tips for an Ergonomic Laptop Set-up

by Dev Master

By Jana Zuidema (Bsc Physio)

Laptops are great invention for today’s fast pace business world. You can work whenever, wherever. They are fast replacing the traditional desktop. But this convenience may not be so kind to your physical body, as laptop designs do not encourage good ergonomic sitting postures. Their inherent problem is that the screen and keyboard are attached, which is in total contrast to the basic ergonomic ability of a desktop, i.e. a separate screen and keyboard in order to achieve the correct heights.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or Just Wrist Pain?

by Dev Master

By Jana Zuidema (Bsc Physio)

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a repetitive strain injury and is often attributed to computer work. Most often the mouse and the keyboard are blamed. As physiotherapists, we have always believed that the posture the person adopts when using their mouse or keyboard is at fault.

How a Desk Job Puts Stress on Your Body

by Dev Master

By Jana Zuidema (Bsc Physio)


  1. Neck (facet) joint problems/pain
    Adopting a poking chin posture (as a result of slouching), causes compression of the neck joints, this can cause local pain and referred pain into the head or shoulders
  2. Headaches
    Again, a poking chin causes strain on the upper neck joints. This can result in cervicogenic headaches that can be felt at the base of the skull, on top of the head or around the temporal area to the eye.

Best Exercises and Stretches to Relief Shoulder Pain

by Dev Master

By Jana Zuidema (Bsc Physio) | Added 2014-11-11

Have you ever been to a yoga or pilates class and they make you lie on your back with your arms stretched out to the sides and it pulls like crazy across your chest? You hear the instructor saying something about stretching your pecs – huh? What are pecs? They are the muscles across the front of your chest.

5 Easy Core Exercises to Reduce Lower Back Pain

by Dev Master

By Jana Zuidema (Bsc Physio)

At least 85% of us will experience lower back pain at some point in our lives. Lower back pain is not only painful, but it can cost us money, time and energy we don’t have to waste.
So what can one do to prevent being just another statistic?
We can BE PROACTIVE. Do something that has been proven to help prevent and treat lower back pain: EXERCISE. Exercise is well researched to aid in recovery from lower back pain and can prevent lower back pain.

Office Chairs: How to Choose the Right Ergonomic Office Chair

by Dev Master

By Jana Zuidema (Bsc Physio)

Sitting for hours on end in an office chair can be a real pain in the neck (and back) if the chair is uncomfortable. Even if you don’t suffer from pain when sitting you could be suffering from discomfort, and there is an endless amount of research that proves sitting for long periods of time in a poor posture due to an uncomfortable and unsupportive chair can lead to back pain.

​Top 5 Recommendations to Prevent Kids Back Pain

by Dev Master

By Jana Zuidema (Bsc Physio)

Back pain in children is becoming an enormous problem as the nature of how children work and play changes:

  • sedentary lifestyles, i.e. watching TV and spending hours in front of computers
  • poor postures, approximately 60% to 75% of children reporting back pain will have non-specific back pain. Their physical exam and X-rays will be normal. It is usually considered a muscle strain or from poor posture (2).

Ergonomics for Children – How Important Is It?

by Dev Master

By Angela Hendricks (Bsc Physio)

More and more pediatricians and physiotherapists are reporting that back pain in children is on the rise. The reason behind it might be the very computer you are using to read this article. Computer technology is more ingrained and important in our culture than ever before – especially for children. This leads to an increasing number of back related problems in adolescents as they spend more and more time sitting in front of their computers. Until a few years ago, these physical problems were limited to adults in the workplace.

​Causes of Back Pain and Easy Solutions

by Dev Master

By Pippa Bowden

Ergotherapy SolutionsHopefully you have had a chance to think about how you sit at your desk and are a little more self-aware. Our aim for this article is to help you to get a better understanding of your body and why you may be experiencing pain or discomfort at work.