Work from Home? Be active from home too!
With changing times , continuing to work from home seems very appealing. But is it really safe for your body? Excessive sitting behaviour has increased more than ever since Covid times in the comfort of your home. This increases the risk of Low back and upper back pain, wrist pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, headaches and other overuse injuries.
How many breaks do you take from your chair? Are you using a chair while you work from home?
At Physio Now it’s our mission to help you get more active and also guide you with ergonomics for Work from home.
5 simple things you could do to stay more active and maintain a good posture during your work hours:
1- Opt for Sit to Stand desk– this helps you switch positions and doesn’t load your joints for too long. In addition, it also improves alertness and productivity. You can consider asking your supervisor for investing in an ergonomic chair or adjustable table. We could help the process by writing a letter for the same after assessing your injuries.
2- Put timers to stretch every hour- this will help you stay on track even if you get very busy with work, again making sure to redistribute the load on your joints thus preventing injuries.
3- Learn some basic Postural exercises from your Physiotherapist at Physio Now. This will keep you in a good posture enabling reduced tightness in your muscles
4- Keep the documents/files required for your day’s meeting around the house so as and when you need it will keep you moving.
5- Opt for a separate keyboard if you use a laptop and an ergonomic mouse- these will help prevent neck, wrist and elbow injuries.
Work from home is so much more common now because of the pandemic. We at Physio Now are focused on Postural Assessment and Treatment. This includes stretching and strengthening exercises, endurance training for postural muscles, Manual therapy for sore muscles and stiff joints, electrotherapy for pain relief, tapping, cupping and acupuncture.
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If you are interested in learning about more postural tips, check out this site: https://www.spineuniverse.com/wellness/body-mechanics/heads-posture-dont-slouch