When the global COVID-19 pandemic struck, the issue of working from home became a reality for most people. While this has been convenient for some people, it has also led to different physical problems. While working from home, you are more likely to embrace unhealthy habits like slouching over the computer or working from bed. This means that people are more susceptible to back pain and other physical issues caused by poor posture.
Good posture is very important for overall health. If you are stuck working from home, embracing good habits will provide relief to your spine and entire body. Most people will remember hearing the statement “sit up straight” repeatedly when they were kids. This admonishment was very important then, and it is just as important now. Following are some chiropractor tips for working from home pain-free.
Think About Alignment
The way you sit will affect your spine. Many offices today have standing desks that are ideal for working. However, when working from home, you need to be careful about how you sit. You may not have the best equipment, but you can work with what you have. Use a chair that offers proper lumbar support.
Your back needs to be flush against the chair with the elbows at a 90 to 110-degree angle. Your head should be in an upright position, the shoulders relaxed and knees at a 90-degree angle. To avoid straining, you should place your monitor on a surface that is level with your eyes. This will also help you to avoid straining your neck.
Get Some Movement
It is important to integrate some movement throughout the day. Lack of mobility can have a negative effect on your physical health. Regular workdays often include commuting to work, walking to meetings, going out to lunch, and other work-related activities. This is generally not the case when working from home.
Therefore, it is important to find ways to get some movement while at home. Walk around as often as you can and stand up when taking phone calls. Stretch, move, or use a foam roller as often as you can. You can set your alarm clock to remind you to move around. Simple stretching exercises and neck rolls can have a huge impact.
What goes on in the mind can affect the entire body. Avoiding stress or staying calm is one of the best ways to ensure physical well-being. Stress can trigger actions, such as slouching or hunching the shoulders. This can lead to tension and back pain due to poor posture. Most people find that when they are stressed, their shoulders become elevated and the breathing and heartbeat become affected. Sitting up straight helps to regulate breathing, and it can be helpful for mitigating stressful situations.
Gyms may be closed, but that does not mean that you cannot get a regular workout. Exercising at home can be just as effective as going to the gym. Start doing the workout routines that you are familiar with. You can also access online workout information and exercises that can be very helpful.
To know more about working from home pain-free, visit Oropeza Chiropractic Wellness Center at our offices in Key West, Florida. You can also call (305) 294-1036 to book an appointment today.