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Is Working From Home Wrecking Your Back?

Is Working From Home Wrecking Your Back?

As we all get used to our new ‘normal’, we know many are finding working from home difficult, especially those without a dedicated, ergonomic office space to carry out your day.
 
Many of us now working from home have found our workspace to be a couch, an old chair, even a bed in some cases, which all cause us to look down and slouch causing neck and back pain

Here are a few tips to help you at your in-home work space:

  1. Are you reading or typing on a computer? Make sure you set your computer monitor up at eye level so your neck isn’t hanging down causing stress and strain to your neck (which can also be causing tension headaches). If you only have a laptop, try to prop it up on something (there are inexpensive laptop stands on Amazon) to where you aren’t looking down too much. Here is the key for this one – don’t slouch to come down to the level of the laptop, because then you will be left with back pain! 
     
  2. Sit back in your chair with your feet flat on the ground in front of you. Really focus on pulling your shoulders back. It’s uncomfortable at first, but you will get used to it and your body will thank you! We know, it’s tempting to work from your comfortable couch, sit on one of your legs, or lean to one side or the other, but your back won’t like it after a while. 
     
  3. Move around every hour. Set an alarm on your phone that goes off every hour and get up and move – take 5-10 minutes and go for a walk, do some jumping jacks or some air squats. Not only is this good for your spine, but it stimulates your brain and will boost your productivity as well!
  • If you stare at a computer screen all day and go to bed every night with headaches, eye strain, or have trouble sleeping, try some blue light blocking glasses. This is such a little tweak, but can provide a massive result for some.

Dealing with back pain, neck tension, or headaches that you just can’t seem to kick to the curb? We’re here to help. Contact us to book an appointment for an adjustment.

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