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Posture is not a given position of the body; the body was designed to move, not to be still in one “perfect” position. Ideally, posture is a dynamic process of movement that, when developed and integrated correctly, supports any task we require of ourselves. However, the office setting often requires sitting or standing in one position for long periods of time. It doesn’t matter how “good” our posture is in that position, if we are frozen into any one posture for any length of time the result is discomfort. If this frozen posture is frequent or maintained for long periods of time the result is dysfunction.

 One of the major components of the problems associated with the introduction of office automation is the computer screen. The postures required by most computer workstations are not normal for the human body. The computer screen demands that the user work within a very restricted posture range. Unlike a book, a computer screen cannot be read from the side or from above, and is difficult to move around on the desk top.  Consequently, the relationship of the user to the computer is frozen.

 It is true that adjusting posture throughout the workday can allow some variation in posture and reduce discomfort. And since people don’t come in “universal”, adjustable furniture is important, if the workstation is used by multiple people. But adjustable or “ergonomic” furniture will do little if the user doesn’t understand how to make more efficient choices in posture and motion, they need to be able to adjust their work habits as well as the furniture.

ETM’s solutions incorporate both adjustments to the work environment and training in simple techniques for relieving the physical strain of meeting the requirements of typical office tasks. This combination results in greater physical comfort, improved accuracy in tasks and higher levels of mental focus.