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Proper Work Area Ergonomics

Whether you sit at a desk all day or are constantly moving at a construction area, it is important to maintain proper ergonomics in your work space. Ergonomics is the study of one’s efficiency in their work environment. Many companies urge proper workplace ergonomics to increase productivity and keep their employees healthy. One thing that companies teach their employees is proper lifting techniques and staying within their safe working zone. The Safe Working Zone is an area around the body that is the safest place where you can achieve maximum strength and balance when lifting an object. Remaining in the Safe Working Zone is crucial for individuals that are required to lift heavy objects throughout the day. Say you have an employee that works in a factory that requires him to lift 120 bags that weigh 40 pounds onto a conveyer belt every hour. The bags he lifts to the right and are placed on the floor, meanwhile the conveyer belt is to his left and is very high off the ground. Towards the end of the day, this employee feels exhausted and is unable to complete the job. But if were to intervene and use proper ergonomics, we can increase his productively by placing him in the Safe Working Zone. Some ways we can manipulate his work area are by lowering the conveyer belt to an appropriate lifting height, using a lift to raise the bags off the ground, and switching the bags and the conveyer belt after a so called amount of time so the employee is now moving from left to right. For those that work...

Some Facts About Physical Therapy

Do you know? Exercise programs developed by physical trainers can reduce athletes’ risk of injury by 41 percent. Physical therapy paired with medical management for osteoarthritis of the knee is just as effective as surgery. Physical therapy helps over 90 percent of lower back pain sufferers. Of physical therapy users, 88 percent say the care they received helped them return to normal activity, increased their range of motion and relieved their pain. These facts are from American Physical Therapy Association...

Life Coaching with Beth

What would you like to change? What stands in your way? We all have questions but not always the answers. As our newest offering at Farmingdale Physical Therapy West, Life Coaching is now available for clients who want to break habits, change their current lifestyle, need help overcoming a loss, and to ultimately learn to walk new paths to live life more fully. Beth Bucheister is a Certified Professional Life Coach who has used her own experiences and life challenges to help others. A life coach is a partner who is there to help show you the path to goals. In her prior career as an audiologist, lending a helping hand has always been one of Beth’s brightest qualities. When experiencing her own life challenges, life coaching was suggested to her by a colleague in which began her own journey to becoming a certified life coach. Beth offers specifically designed individual or group sessions that focus on issues such as weight loss, living with chronic pain, living with chronic illness, support for caregivers, retirement and lifestyle changes, and bereavement and loss. By the end of each session, individuals will develop realistic and attainable goals that can be reached by utilizing the life tools you already possess and those you didn’t know you had. For more information, contact the front desk or check out Beth’s website...

6 Questions To Ask Your Occupational Therapist/Physical Therapist

1.How will OT/PT help me get back to what I was doing? 2.Can I do exercise you give me at home? 3. Do you have any specialized training to treat my condition? 4. Has research been published in the past 3 years to support your treatments? 5. Do you any recommendations to research on my condition? 6. Do you need me to do anything to make me better, faster?...

Exercise and Aging

All can agree, it is inevitable to avoid the aging process. Throughout our life, we must prepare for the inevitable by either dropping our bad habits or most importantly incorporating exercise into our daily routine. As we age, we begin to see a negative impact on our cardiovascular, digestive, and neurovascular system. In addition, we will see a decrease in muscle mass, bone deposition, and memory. To counteract these detriments, we use exercise to prolong these effects on the body. Overall, exercise will immediate positive impact on the body by… Improving physical and mental health Reduce morbidity and prolong life span Help prevent falls Reduce anxiety and depression Reduce pain symptoms The ultimate goal of exercise in the aging process is to prolong the degeneration of bone and muscle. Through a successful exercise intervention, we are able to manipulate the aging curve to slow down muscle and bone loss in an individual. As shown by the graph below, bending the aging curve can produce a biological age of 70 in an individual with the chronological age of 90 in which results in about twice as much muscle area. In time, it is important to assess you overall health and determine whether or not it is in your best interest to exercise under the supervision of a Physical Therapist or Exercise Specialist to ensure your safety or to even have a reference to consult with about overall health and wellness issues. Sources: http://www.nia.nih.gov/health/publication/exercise-physical-activity/introduction http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/healthy-aging/in-depth/aging/art-20046070?pg=1 By: Dan Hagan Editor’s Note: Keep a look out for more fitness/health informational blogs in the...