Working shouldn’t hurt. Let us assess how your work can be adapted to make you safer and pain-free.


Ergonomics is the scientific process of designing and implementing tools and objects used by people to optimize the efficiency and safety of their activities. The aim of workplace ergonomics is to help a person adapt their work spaces, tasks and equipment to maintain their physical health and comfort, minimize the risk of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), and enable them to maximize their productivity.


The goal of ergonomics is to fit the job to the worker rather than forcing the worker to adapt to the job. By putting emphasis on proper posture and reducing the impact of repetitive movements, we can help prevent many workplace injuries.

In the case of employees returning to the job after recovering from injuries, ergonomics plays an ever more critical role. Many injured workers often return to work prematurely, delaying or even reversing their progress.

Propel’s therapists can design and implement an individualized, job-specific program of activity with the goal of a safe and productive return to work using real or simulated work tasks and progressively graded conditioning exercises that are based on our patients’ measured tolerances. Work hardening provides best chance of a successful transition between acute care and successful return to work.


Propel Physiotherapy dispatches professionals with expertise in biomechanics, human physiology, human factors, and workplace accommodation to our client workplaces to examine key ergonomic risk factors such as physical job demands, workstation layout, environmental factors, equipment usability, and job design.  This includes situations where the client may operate out of a home office part or full time.  Results of the assessments are reviewed with physical therapists on the Propel team to ensure specific factors involving the client’s clinical condition are appropriately accounted for.


Ask yourself the following questions to find out if you could benefit from an ergonomic assessment and new work space setup:

Chris Sutarno
Chris SutarnoRegistered Kinesiologist & Ergonomist
Chris has specialized training and experience in the areas of physical job demands analysis, and office and industrial ergonomics, soft tissue release, facilitated stretching for pain relief or performance enhancement, mild traumatic brain injury assessment, neurorehabilitation, fitness assessment, exercise prescription and program design, strength and conditioning, therapeutic exercise for seniors and special populations.

He graduated from the University of Waterloo with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology specializing in Ergonomics and Occupational Biomechanics. He obtained his Master of Science in Spine Biomechanics under the tutelage of Dr. Stuart McGill.


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Let Us Bring Our Services To You

We recognize that not everyone is readily able to access one of our three physiotherapy clinics in Etobicoke, Pickering and Peterborough. For that reason, all of our services are mobile. Enjoy the benefits of our professional services in the comfort of your home, office or any suitable setting in your community.

After a full assessment of your needs and surroundings, one of our registered professionals will develop a program with your specific goals in mind to help you get to where you want in your physical health and wellness.


“I had a traumatic brain injury and my progress has been outstanding thanks to the knowledge and encouragement of the staff in the clinic. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming, you can really tell they take pride in their work. I would definitely recommend this location because they produce results!”

– Michael 

“Came to Propel after dealing with a mid back issue for months. From the facilities to treatment, the whole experience was top notch. Hoong’s assessment was thorough and the treatment got me feeling better quickly. He also gave me some exercises to work on which have continued to help. Would definitely recommend!”

– Carlos

“I was injured severely 4 years ago. I have needed an abundance of physiotherapy as well as massage therapy. This clinic has given me by far the greatest and most successful care and rehabilitation to get back to my life. The staff are extremely knowledgeable in their field and not only treat you as a client but as a friend or family member.”

– Vanessa