Working from home has led to an increase of individuals seeking treatment for neck, back, and shoulder pains. Poor setups for sitting in front of a computer for hours on end are often the point of concern, with poor posture being the root cause. Many of us did not feel the pandemic situation would be one to last the long-term and have found these ongoing developments uncomfortable, to say the least.
With the situation unlikely to resolve any time in the near future, there are a few things to keep in mind when working from home in order to reduce the pain you might be feeling.
Stretch and move – Take the opportunity to move about to house, change positions, and stretch your muscles. Do some stretches at your desk or work standing for a bit. This prevents your muscles from locking up and provides the support your body needs. It also can give you a bit of exercise that is also important for your wellbeing.
Set an alarm to remind yourself to move – It’s easy to get caught up in what you are working on, so setting an alarm to get yourself in the habit of moving about is important. It will become part of your routine and help ease the pain you might be feeling.
Make adjustments to your workspace – Reposition your computer equipment, get a better desk chair (preferably ergonomic), or even a better desk. A better set up will help ease the strain your muscles might feel and thus help reduce your neck and back pain.
Get better sleep – It goes without saying sleeping better helps destress the body. Many people carry anxiety in the neck, back, and shoulders area which won’t help your pains. Make sure your sleep environment is comfy and you reduce your caffeine and device usage before bedtime.
Remember, little adjustments can go a long way into helping your aches and pains.