Beyond Keyboard Trays and Mice

Date/Time: Fri, October 2, 2020 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM


Much time and effort and study has gone into perfecting the physics of a work station. Categories of faults have been identified (trunk flexion, neck extension, point loading, shoulder elevation, etc.). The marketplace is replete with “ergonomic devices”. Handouts have been perfected with comprehensive bullet point lists and artists’ renderings of perfect posture at a desk. I propose that there is a missing piece, though. The person sitting at the desk is an office athlete. Solving their musculoskeletal aches and pains with equipment and patient education alone may not be enough. They deserve a careful, focused evaluation of their upper extremity movement system: the length, strength and performance of the muscles of the upper quarter. They deserve a targeted home exercise program to address imbalances and prepare the participant for the very real physical challenges of a desk job. Drawing heavily on the work of Shirley Sahrmann, PT, PhD, FAPTA, this session will apply a Movement System Impairment (MSI) Syndromes approach to the evaluation and treatment of an office athlete.


  • Attendee will be able to describe a common, desk work-related upper quarter muscle imbalance to a colleague.

  • Attendee will be able to build a targeted 3 exercises home exercise program for a muscle imbalance presentation involving downwardly rotated scapulae.

  • Attendee will feel confident finding further information on the topic of Movement System Impairment Syndromes.