12:00-12:30: Lunch and announcements
12:30-1:30: John Fitzsimmons, MS PT, CIE
Topic: Standing up to avoid poor seated posture is not a healthy choice!
Mr. Fitzsimmons will clarify the dilemma to sit or stand, and demonstrate two new field measures that define the most important principles for seated work. The first measure shows the very small difference between the best and worst spine posture in sitting, and the second determines when the body has the best postural strength to sustain good posture. Maximizing posture and strength in sitting has a primary role for cumulative health problems in sitting for almost any job. Accommodating posture and strength have shown remarkable improvements in work comfort and productivity.
John Fitzsimmons Bio
John Fitzsimmons treated orthopedic injuries as a Physical Therapist for 15 years, including four years in an Occupational Health Clinic. He began to do ergonomics in 1996 to better serve the clients he treated. His intent was to prevent the injuries he previously treated for fifteen years as an orthopedic physical therapist. It did not take long to see that most of his consulting clients already had some form of the same injuries he had been treating. He was certified as an Industrial Ergonomist in 1999, and has maintained an independent Ergonomics and Physical Therapy consulting practice since 1998.
He found that people usually expect a better workstation will solve problems inside the body, which may not true for many injuries. It seemed important to give a physical therapy consultation just like in the clinic, and adapt the workstation for the particular injury and the body stature. This approach to provide a safer workplace and allow people to manage their own injuries has resolved thousands of serious injuries that may have gone on to claims.
His several distinctive innovations give the worker exactly what they need for productive and healthy work. He brings good clinical expertise exactly where it is needed, and adapts the existing workstation to make the best postures easier, usually without major changes.
Mr. Fitzsimmons received a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1984. He completed the Kaiser Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program in 1988, and practiced ten years of outpatient, orthopedic Physical Therapy practice for Kaiser. He provided PT and ergonomics consulting in their Occupational Health Clinic from 1994-1998.
His current research on sitting biomechanics includes measuring leg strength to find the best chair postures.
He managed two large-scale ergonomics program research grants at Kaiser Hospitals and Clinics from 1991-93.
His practice observing seated postures led to a publication in 2013, “Improving Field Observations of Spinal Posture in Sitting.” The article shows how to easily see spine posture in sitting, and the result is that we can easily decide how to adjust the chair and workstation for the safest, strongest and most productive postures for the body at work.