By Dr. Chad Henriksen 4 minute Read When stay-at-home orders were put in location
earlier this spring in reaction to COVID-19, countless workers rapidly moved to the home office. Easy enough, right? Grab your laptop computer, maybe a mouse and secondary display, and enjoy the sweatpants life while working from home.
ad As states reopen, we are beginning to explore our new regular. But, for more than half of used Americans who have actually worked from home during this crisis, we're seeing signs that many will remain there longer than initially anticipated. Facebook, Alphabet, Salesforce, and Slack all recently announced they have no objective of anticipating workers to go back to office buildings up until a minimum of 2021. Additionally, Gartner recently surveyed 317 CFOs and financing leaders and found out that 74% will move a minimum of 5% of their previously on-site labor force to completely remote positions post COVID-19.
While sit-to-stand, ergonomically sound workstations are left deserted and gathering dust in office complex across the country, we're being told to take in the work-from-home world for a little while longer. While working from home seems easy enough by meaning, the reality is, there are deeper intricacies and complications– beginning with furniture unfit for work. Sofas, folding chairs, beds, and coffee tables– all active ingredients of really bad work-from-home setups even if you remain in your designated area room– take a toll on our bodies and may eventually lead to workplace injuries.
As a chiropractor that works closely with employers to avoid on-site work environment injuries and promote healthy working conditions, these type of work-from-home environments make me wince. Carpal tunnel, tendonitis, muscle sprain, degenerative disk illness, and other systemic health issues can spring from a haphazard remote workplace. The bright side exists are several ways to maintain a comfortable and functional work set up and likewise avoid long-term damage to your health.
If you're feeling early-onset neck or back pain, feeling numb and tingling in the fingers, or swollen legs or feet, the time is now to make changes to your workstation if there's any hope of coming out of the work-from-home war victorious. Think about the following practical suggestions.
Make certain your chair enables you to lean back
Proper positioning permits the spinal column and body frame to take in gravity while allowing the least quantity of tension on our muscles, ligaments, and tendons. To ensure your chair promotes proper positioning, picture a vertical line running through your ear, shoulder, and hip. Then relax into your chair and make the most of the back-rest. Add a pillow for extra convenience and support and avoid resting on a bed or sofa.
Utilize the 90-degree rule
For correct positioning of your limbs, ensure they are both parallel to the floor with a 90-degree angle at the elbow, hip, and the knee. Sitting with a 90-degree angle at the elbow, hip, and knee permit the least quantity of physical stress in a sitting position.