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Down at Mälarhöjd’s Beach, Stockholm

Down at Mälarhöjd’s Beach, Stockholm

As ‘The Accidental Ergonomist’ I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences and alternative (and even heretical) ideas about how easy it is to achieve healthy postures and ‘use of body’ in most situations – at work, in leisure activities and at home.

Consequently, I’ll be unavoidably stirring things up a bit in regard to the way we perceive and understand aspects such as posture, balance, body control, body use, working postures, manual handling techniques, office ergonomics, sports ergonomics, rehabilitation ergonomics and more.

 

I’ll also attempt to explain the relationship between easily achieved, healthy postures and body use and improved performance, reduced stress and improved health (e.g. more energy, less back pain, etc).

The purpose of this blog is threefold:

 

1.       to generate debate in this area – there is far too much that doesn’t work, and this is mostly unnecessary

2.       to support those who have already learned the basics of the approach I have developed, called Power Ergonomics

3.       to inspire those who are looking for something new and ‘a bit different’

 

Einstein is reputed to have said that “we can’t solve problems by using same kind of thinking we used when we created them”, and this is no less true in regard to posture, body use and the development of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).

 

I have reached the point where I am in no doubt that far too much of what is taught today about posture, body use, office ergonomics, manual handling, etc – in so-called ‘harmony and balance’ – most often helps to create the exact opposite. That is, a disharmony and mechanical distortion inside the body that makes it hard (or even impossible) to perform simple daily actions (such as sitting and standing) easily and without discomfort or pain, but also results in or encourages AND that also often contributes to the onset of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) such as lower back pain (LBP), neck pain and shoulder pain.

 

In order to convey more clearly what I mean by this I will be presenting different aspects of Power Ergonomics here, both in theory and practice, for you to think about and ‘try on’.