Ergonomics 101

Why do Ergonomic Assessments fail?

The implementation of sound office ergonomic programs have been rising over the past decade with the increase in desk jobs, mobile device use and reliable technology and infrastructure. Properly designed office workstations help employees avoid fatigue and discomfort and promote employee productivity!

However, if the strategy of addressing office ergonomics is to reduce and eliminate risk factors that contribute to injuries and poor work performance, then why are companies still struggling?

The reason for ergonomic failure - most companies are following the old paradigm of office ergonomics in that they are only looking at the “physical” workstation itself. While you may see temporary relief after this type of evaluation, if you simply look for the symptoms and not for the source, the pain will inevitably return. 

With this in mind, Honsberger Physio+ has created a more wholistic and proactive approach to office ergonomics, by assessing not only the workstation, but looking at the biomechanical health of the employee as well.  Balance between the worker and their workstation creates optimal compatibility!

The Honsberger Difference – our “Work Better” approach to ergonomics focuses on 3 primary dynamics:

  1. The postural alignment and functional habits of the employee - this involves a biomechanical/structural assessment of the client themselves and includes  client education on how to best interact with the given workspace.
  2. The physical workstation setup - this is the focus on the actual workspace and the proper implementation of the office         equipment provided.
  3. Cognitive performance - this is an evaluation on how effective the employee pays attention and processes neural input   through the course of the work day.

Good ergonomic function is when all the above dynamics work coherently.  

Work shouldn't hurt!

It is imparative to prioritize ergonomics to prevent more serious injury called musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) which can include:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tendinitis
  • Rotator cuff injuries (affects the shoulder)
  • Epicondylitis (affects the elbow)
  • Trigger finger
  • Muscle strains and low back injuries

To learn more about this new perspective into ergonomics and how employees can take control of their health, please contact us at Honsberger Physio+.


For more information or to book your Ergonomic Assessment, please drop us a line at

Jason Varghese, B.SC. KIN, CAT(C)
Certified Athletic Therapist + Certified Kinesiologist

Orthopedic Rehabilitation
105-675 Cochrane Drive, Markham, ON L3R 0B8 P (905) 940-2627 F (905) 940-3136 HONSBERGER@HONSBERGERPHYSIOPLUS.COM
81 Temperance Street, Aurora, ON L4G 2R1 P (905) 841-0411 F (905) 841-7311 AURORA@HONSBERGERPHYSIOPLUS.COM