Dynamic Biofeedback Services

Serving the Greater Bay Area

Ergonomics

 

BIOFEEDBACK-ASSISTED ERGONOMICS

 

Ergonomics is a field of study that includes workstation design, work organization, the physiology of work, and the way a person performs their tasks in a work environment.

 

Ergonomic intervention is most effective when it addresses all of these interactive components. To address some but not others reduces the potential effectiveness of ergonomic change.

 

A common occurrence is the selection of alternative equipment which may be provided to you (in order to reduce discomfort) without the instruction or guided practice that trains you to gain the maximum benefit.  This can reduce or negate the benefits of equipment features.

 

Biofeedback-assisted ergonomics uses the objective data of muscle effort and recovery time, peripheral skin temperature levels and variations, and other physiological changes that occur during work performance with various types of equipment, work set-ups, and work habits. This information is used to guide decision-making in terms of:  finding a “best fit” for work surface heights & angles, identifying the best technique for you the during a variety of tasks, and assessing the value of alternative equipment that may best meet your needs.

 

During the course of the biofeedback-based ergonomic evaluation, visual feedback provides continuous information to you about the physiological correlates your current work practices. Your existing workstation is simulated as accurately as is possible. Baseline measures are taken when you simulate work. Systematic changes are made with measurements related to each adjustment.

 

Alternative equipment is assessed in this same fashion, with instruction during use of the equipment intended to enhance the benefit of each item in terms of reducing strain and/or effort for you.

 

Dynamic biofeedback is an evidence-based method of work style modification that is used to improve movement patterns, to reduce postural strain, and to lower arousal during work.  Modifications of work habits to reduce muscular strain are reinforced through immediate changes in feedback.