Important Message from The Joint Chiropractic regarding COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) - Read More

Reduce Work from Home Injuries

By Rachel Carver

Working in recliners and leaning over kitchen tables became the new normal as COVID-19 spread. When stay-at-home guidance went into effect across the country in the spring, many Americans found themselves working at home without notice. We quickly set up our makeshift works spaces, valuing efficiency and the need to stay productive over ergonomics.

This quick shift to home offices spiked musculoskeletal injuries. According to an American Chiropractic Association survey, 92 percent of the respondents reported an increase in patients with injuries -- such as neck and back pain -- caused by working at home. Factors contributing to these injuries include poor posture, too much sitting, and increased stress.

Follow these tips to avoid injuries and pain while working from home.

Create an Ergonomic Work Station

Sitting correctly at your desk and placing needed items in proper positions can keep you productive and out of pain. Workplace ergonomics includes these three elements.

  • Neutral posture - Make sure your chair supports your back and hips and keeps you sitting up straight.
  • Elbow and eye height - Line your keyboard and mouse up with your elbows. Position your monitor directly in front of your eyes; looking down will strain your neck.
  • Work area - Items used often should be kept within reach. Items used less often can be placed further away. In other words, avoid having to stretch your arms frequently.

Stay Active

Working at home means Zoom meetings instead of walking to another office. With everything now on your computer or cell phone, it is very easy to sit for too long. Combat this by setting alarms to remind you to move every hour. Stand up during phone calls. Take a quick walk during lunch. Make an effort to move whenever possible.

Prevent Injuries

Safety is often a topic of discussion at the office. However, it is easy for us to forget about safety when we are working and living in the same space. Keep walkways clear of trip hazards. Make sure your work space has good lighting. Use handrails when walking up and down stairs.

If you find yourself with back or neck pain, head to The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you. The Joint's affordable pricing and walk-in appointments make care accessible to everyone. The team can set a treatment plan for you and give you tips to decrease the likelihood of an additional injury.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Austin, Texas.

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