Keeping your body relaxed and comfortable at work shouldn't be complicated. Now that many of us work from home, it should really be the opposite of complicated. If you’ve experienced an increase in neck or back pain, you’re not alone. The fact is, not many people had a work setup ready to go at home when the pandemic first started to prevent us from going into the office.
Your home should be a place of comfort no matter what you're doing. We want to ensure that's the case while you do what's necessary for your work. Here's what you can do at home to easily improve your mobility and productivity.
One thing that should be common knowledge is the ergonomics of your workspace. A big part of this is your body's ideal positioning in relation to your work appliances.
Don't sit for too long! Prolonged weight on your lower back is a huge problem for office workers, so get up and move every 30 minutes at least. You can try taking meetings on your phone and walking around your space or alternating between a sitting and standing desk.
For those with upper back pain, the positioning of your surroundings is crucial. The key is to take as much strain off your neck and shoulders as possible. Reclining now and then is a great way to resolve upper back tension. Get a Bluetooth keyboard so you can work from any position.
Additionally, while your monitor is at eye level, your feet should be flat on the floor, with your thighs and hips sitting comfortably at 90 degrees. The first thing to adjust might be your seat then your monitor height to get the perfect setup.
Chronic pain can be a burden in anyone's life. Our job is to keep that from being the case in yours. If your new work from home set up still doesn't help your neck, head, wrist, or elbow pain, come see us. We'll create a tailored physical therapy treatment plan that's perfect for you.