Working From Home During COVID-19? Learn Proper Ergonomics!

An estimated 86 percent of American workers sit all day while working. During this time with the spread of the coronavirus, you may find yourself sitting even more while working from home. Sitting for long periods of time can cause negative effects on metabolism and contribute to musculoskeletal disorders. Knowing these risks, it is important to practice proper ergonomics while you work from home.

What Is Ergonomics?

Ergonomics is the study of how a workspace and its equipment can be best designed or arranged for comfort, efficiency, safety, and productivity. Making small changes to your workspace allows your body to function to its full advantage.

When working from home, follow these tips to avoid back and neck pain:

  • Check your head and neck posture. Position your monitor directly in front of you with the screen at eye level. Keep your neck and shoulders in a relaxed, neutral position.
  • Check overall posture. Position your head directly above the neck without pushing it forward. Keep your hips as far back as possible in your chair, keep your elbows close to your body, and use the back of your chair to support your upper and lower back.
  • Adjust your chair. Your feet should reach the floor comfortably without dangling. Use a footrest or lower the chair to achieve the proper positioning. Scoot into your workspace whenever you sit down—you should not be reaching for your keyboard and mouse.
  • Get up and stretch. Give yourself a few minutes every hour to stand up, walk around, and do some light stretches.

Are you experiencing pain or discomfort as a result of your working-from-home habits? Call (810) 292-3243 to schedule an appointment with one of our spine experts at Orthopedic Associates of Port Huron or request an appointment online.