Ergonomic Tips for Working From Home

What are some good ergonomic tips for working from home?

  1. Setting Up Your Desk
  2. Observe Proper Posture When Sitting
  3. Stand Up From Time to Time
Before the pandemic, most of us didn’t really think of working from home. But nowadays, it has become the new normal for our health and safety. It’s great if you have a well-designed home office with an office desk and office chair, but not everyone has that. That’s why if you do not pay attention to your working environment, you will most probably suffer from painful tension in the body. That being said, all remote workers should know about ergonomic tips for working from home. Keep on reading to learn more. 

Setting Up Your Desk

Desk of business person working from home Do you work on the living room sofa or the dining table? Not all home furniture is appropriate for remote work because it can mess with your posture. You don’t have to specifically buy a computer table, just choose a desk with the appropriate height. When you are typing, make sure that your elbow and arms are positioned at a 90-degree angle. Your wrists should be straight and your arms should be parallel to the floor. If you are doing this right, your shoulder should stay in a natural position. Do this and you should feel comfortable typing. Set up your monitor at an arm's-length distance. Make sure that the top part of the monitor is placed at an eye-level so you don’t have to strain your neck to look down. Invest in a laptop stand or prop up some books under your monitor.

Observe Proper Posture When Sitting

If you experience back pain, your sitting posture may be the culprit. Sitting in an uncomfortable position for a long time can misalign your spine and result in pinched nerves — the main cause of body pain. If you do not have an ergonomic chair, save up for one. The backrest should provide lumbar support for your spine. For now, make sure that you don’t hunch your back when working. When you are sitting, make sure that your knees and hips are aligned on the same level. Put your feet flat to the ground. If your chair is too high, use a footstool or use boxes to place your feet on. Remember to observe any pain. The proper sitting position will make you feel at ease. You will not feel like you are putting in so much effort, and it will make you comfortable for a long time. 

Stand Up From Time to Time

Woman taking a break from work Do you do everything at your desk? When it’s time for a lunch break, make sure to head over to the dining table. Our body needs to move from time to time. During work hours, remember to take breaks and stand up. This is good both for your eye and body muscles. One way to do this is to stay hydrated throughout the day. You will probably take more toilet breaks while reaching the required glasses of water per day. Take time to stretch and walk a bit inside your home. 

Key Takeaway

Do not hesitate to contact us if you suffer from pain in the neck, shoulders, back, and other parts of the body. Our treatments will help you correct your posture and alleviate the pain that you feel. We here at Chiropractor Philippines can help you have a more comfortable working life at home.

Written By: Dr. Benedicto Luz Adorable III

Dr. Ben is the CEO and Founder of Philippine Chiropractic Healthcare Specialist. He has a Doctorate Degree of Chiropractic from Parker College of Chiropractic.

To read more about Dr. Ben, click here.

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