With more individuals working from home than ever due to ongoing quarantine measures, our bodies may be taking a toll from working at makeshift home office setups. The main culprits being low back pain; other musculoskeletal aches and pains; headaches and migraines; as well as eyestrain and eye dryness. Listed below are common strategies for improving your workstation:
If you find yourself sitting at a desk for long periods, it is important to make sure that your chair promotes proper body positioning that does not cause neck, back, shoulder or arm discomfort.
The Work Surface:
Gold standard work surfaces allow for both seated and standing positions. There are many commercial options available today, but for those on a budget, we recommend finding two appropriate surfaces around the home. You may also build up your current desk by stacking sturdy textbooks or boxes on a non-slip surface.
Not only is monitor positioning important but your computer settings are important as well. Beyond this, the best non-pharmaceutical intervention for tired eyes is taking a break. Looking out a window into the distance frequently provides opportunities for your eye muscles to relax. Proper monitor setup and good screen hygiene can reduce neck and eye strain, headaches, and sleep disruptions.
There are many changes that can be made to your work station to make it ergonomically sound. Take a few minutes, assess your office area, and see where some of the tips covered today may apply. If you need additional support or have any questions, please reach out!