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Create an Ergonomic Work Space

By Rachel Carver

Are you still working at home? If so, do you have an ergonomic workspace?

If you feel sore or stiff at the end of your work day, it is probably time to make some changes to your work station. If your chair and desk do not properly support your body, you can experience pain and discomfort. Your couch might be comfortable, but staying still for long periods of time can cause joint dysfunction, restricted discs, and other issues.

See the Chiropractor

Licensed chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you can treat your pain and give you some tips to create an ergonomic  home office. A chiropractic adjustment aligns your body through the spine, eases muscle tension, and reduces joint stiffness. Chiropractic care will address any pain resulting from poor posture or sitting too long at your desk.

In addition to regular chiropractic care, here are some tips to create an ergonomic home office.

Set Your Computer Monitor at Eye Level

Proper posture while you work prevents injury to your neck, shoulders, and back. It is common for people to either use a laptop on their lap or on a surface requiring them to look down.

To combat this, make sure your monitor is even with your eyes while you sit. Set it on books or boxes if needed to keep the monitor level. Placing your monitor straight in front of your eyes keeps your head and neck in a neutral position. It also allows the shoulders to rest comfortably at your sides with your elbows angled 90 degrees as you type.

Make Your Mouse and Keyboard Easy to Reach

We don't think about our wrists and hands until they hurt. Keeping your hands in a neutral position will reduce strain.

You should be able to easily grab your keyboard and mouse. If they are too far away, you might have to lean forward to use them. If they are too close, your hands will not stay even with your wrist and forearm.

Support Your Back With Your Chair

A fancy office chair does not have to be part of your ergonomic home office. However, your chair needs to support your lower back.

When you sit, your feet should be flat on the floor. The back of the chair should be flush with your back. If you need to, place a pillow or rolled towel at the base of your back. This helps your back maintain its natural curve.

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

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