MyTendWell assists employers and employees with workplace postures and movement behaviors by evaluating job requirements and employees to design a Wellness and Ergonomics program that corrects musculoskeletal disorders, such as back and neck pain, stemming from environmental exposures such as prolonged sitting or repetitive motions.
Prolonged, stationary postures, such as sitting in a chair, contribute to the development of musculoskeletal disorders. Dr. K encourages people to incorporate alternative sitting by using a stability ball for parts of your workday. Additionally, creating an environment that promotes movement is essential for health. Dr. K suggests simple equipment such as stability balls and resistance tubing.
Spending eight to ten hours a day in an office environment lends itself to a pretty sedentary work life. When I heard about Dr. Kelly Baute’s services I was interested to see if she could give us tips and ideas on the way we work to help us reduce back problems and increase our energy levels.
Dr. K met with our employees, conducted a personal lifestyle and ergonomic assessment for each of us, and then offered customized recommendations for each person. We also made changes to our office equipment to fit the ergonomic needs for the members of our team.
Dr. K’s help has been valuable to us and I highly recommend her because she takes time to understand each person and then offers personalized recommendations. Dr. K not only tells you what to do, but explains why you are doing it. Her depth of knowledge and years of experience in her profession really sets her apart from others.
After her initial work with our team here at Vision Financial Group, I have participated in Dr. K’s MyTendwell program as a way to help me live a more holistic life. Setting goals, writing them down, and then recording my daily activities helps me stay on track. The most powerful part of the program for me is writing it down. Seeing my results in black and white reinforces my progress and also provides a “kick in the butt” when I get sidetracked from time to time.
For more information on Ergonomics and Dr. K’s research, please read her latest publication, Ergonomics of Redesigning Sitting (ch. 26) in Sedentary Behavior and Health:
Shea, J. B., & Baute, K. J. (2017). Ergonomics of redesigning sitting. In W. Zhu & N. Owen (Eds.), Sedentary behavior and health concepts, assessments, and interventions (pp.321-331, 414-416). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
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Interested in an Ergonomics Consultation? Maybe a Wellness Program for your employees? Dr. K can assist you, please contact her at MyTendWell.