As COVID-19 continues to devastate the country, working from home has become a more permanent reality. With adults and children having to reconstruct their homes for work, ergonomics should be more widely adhered to. A poor workspace can cause a multitude of ailments, including back pain and neck pain. This pain can lead to higher stress, during an already stressful time. Making sure your home, workspace is ergonomically sound is vital for wellness. We have put together some tips to achieve a more optimal ergonomic working space while at home.
Sitting and watching a computer screen is a daily occurrence when it comes to working – at home
or in an office. Having a chair that supports your back and aligns with your height is essential to less pain. Choose a chair that supports your lower back, has armrests, and that allows your feet to plant firmly to the floor. Keeping your arms and feet parallel to the floor helps limit back issues that can come from extended sitting. To make sure your neck is supported during extended periods, make sure your screen is eye-level. If an adjustable desk is unavailable at home, try lifting the computer monitor with books and slightly tilt it to ensure a leveled visual.
When available, there is great evidence that suggests both standing, and treadmill desks may be effective in improving overall health considering both physiological and mental health components. Some of the specific physical and emotional benefits include:
Increases energy expended.
Improves “good” cholesterol.
May lower blood sugar levels and risk of heart disease.
Facilitates weight loss.
May even boost your productivity.
The best option for many people who sit all day might be a hybrid sit-stand or sit-treadmill workstation. This offers all the benefits of standing but helps you prevent some of the new muscle aches, joint pain or varicose veins that might occur from standing all day.
Moving is Essential
As the routine of working from home increases, moving becomes more and more vital to a healthy
lifestyle. Working from home can lead to increased productivity, but also a more sedentary
lifestyle. Moving increases energy, reduces stress and anxiety, improves muscle flexibility and aides in a more balanced muscular system.
Chiropractic care helps with back pain, neck pain, and other musculoskeletal pain that can occur when working from home or in a less than optimal environment. Adults and children are going to be working within uncharted circumstances in the coming times ahead. Being better prepared for the changes to come is how we help our community – we got your back at The Chiro Place.