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Old 11-08-2012, 05:19 PM
Recordsclerk Recordsclerk is offline
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Default Ergonomics and Work

Hi, this is my first post. I am a 34 year old female. My issue at the moment is that my workplace has recently introduced some strict ergonomic measures.. on top of this my boss is also a bit of a bully . I was diagnosed with scoliosis when i was 15 and received treatment from a chiropractor for around 5 years, but have not had any surgery or other treatments. I often find at work I am sitting on an odd angle on my computer chair due to the fact that my back is not completely straight, and I don't know if there anything much i can do about it, but my boss is now harassing me constantly to sit up straight, even though i have explained that i really can't.. what can i do?? In general my pain levels are bearable, but people at work comment on my bad posture all the time. Perhaps some of these are just habits that can be un-learned, but i have tried to change my angle I am sitting and I am finding that trying to change it just gives me more pain then before! are there any special cushions or chairs that people can recommend? thanks!
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Old 11-08-2012, 05:49 PM
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Gee they sound mean. I cant help you but maybe if you get a doctors letter explaining why you sit the way you do it might help Not that you should have to fully explain anyway. You wouldnt work for a Govt company by chance????? I know what you mean about sitting in a position that doesnt cause as much pain. Hope some one can help
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Old 11-08-2012, 07:29 PM
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I work with a few bullies too, unfortunately. Some gave me a really hard time, and still do, especially because I had to reduce my work load...until I showed them my xrays. That did the trick! I have several pre-surgery and post-surgery pics in my phone to show anyone to show them what scoliosis is.

Some people have no idea about scoliosis and what we have to endure when we have it, so some images will really help.

Rosie's suggestion is a good one, so I would chat to your specialist or GP about it and get a letter.
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Old 19-09-2012, 07:15 PM
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I'm not sure if this will be helpful - but if you get a referral to see an Occupational Therapist who can assess your work environment, they can help you to find the ideal position for you -not just what your boss wants, this might help. They can also advocate for you and explain to your boss what your needs are for your posture and seating. There are OT's that specialise in work place assessment and ergonomics but also have an understanding of the body/ anatomy etc.

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Old 06-01-2013, 03:41 PM
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Hello 'Recordsclerk'

I feel for you. Some employers (people in general) have no idea! I have been dealing with a lot of back pain due to my Scoliosis and try not to bring my issues to work, but in a recent employer work evaluation, my boss told me that (and i quote) "You are mentally unstable. All this "pain" is in you head. You go to all these doctors and there is nothing wrong with you...." he went on. The following week, I went and had some x-ray done for the Physio and walked into his office, xrays in hand and said "yeah, all in my head. He almost fell of his seat when he saw all the rods, bolts and wires attached to my curved spine!

There is a great quote from a booked called "To Kill A Mockingbird:
"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view - until you climb into his skin and walk around in it."

Maybe yours and my employer should consider that.

I would just be blunt with him and say. "Boss, I, can't sit straight, because I am twisted. Google scoliosis - this is as good as it gets and if you won't take my word for it, then i will get a medical certificate advising so."

Don't be bullied - Good luck!
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