A biomechanical assessment is when a physiotherapist takes stock of a person’s working environment. The goal of this is to ensure that nothing about it is harmful, from the perspective of physiotherapy. This is done by a qualified professional, with training and certification.
The process involves examining things such as chairs and tables. What the person is looking for is the structure that works with the natural contours and movements of the body, rather than going against it. By doing this, the work environment can reduce stress and risk of injury.
You might be wondering why you should bother getting a biomechanical assessment. As long as people are comfortable where they work and there is no pain, isn’t that sufficient?
In reality, the assessment – and any changes made by its recommendations – can be a huge help to employee and employer alike.
You can see a reduction in sick leave and vacation days due to stress.
Staff morale increases. The correct equipment is more comfortable, the flow of work easier. This, in turn, helps raise the overall mood of the people working.
A reduction in muscular and skeletal injuries is a significant benefit. Not only is the equipment best suited to the body’s natural motions, but there is less pressure on the joints as people move.
With less pain and discomfort, the efficiency of work increases. In some cases, new tools based on better biomechanical understanding can improve things even further.
Individuals getting a biomechanical assessment may also see the same benefits. A few adjustments can mean the difference between recurring pain problems and never having to worry about such things again. It may seem expensive, but this can save you money in the long term.