If you juggle work with family life, have out of office duties or you live far away from your workplace, working from home may seem like an attractive option. You can work from the comfort of your own room (even in your favourite old pyjamas if you like), you don’t have to deal with any pesky office rules and in most cases you can work at whatever time of day you like. But is all that freedom putting your back health at risk? Our Stoke on Trent chiropractor fears it may be.
According to our chiropractor, people who work from home are more likely to sit for long periods of time, work at unsuitable stations and skip regular breaks.
Sitting down for long periods of time increases stress in the shoulders, back, arms and legs. The sitting position also causes large amounts of pressure to be placed on the back muscles and spinal discs.
If you work from home, it is vitally important that you set up a suitable workstation that adequately supports your spine.
Here are our top tips to help you to do this
- Sit as close to your desk as possible while ensuring that you remain comfortable. Your upper arms should be parallel to your spine. Rest your hands on your keyboard. If your elbows are not at a 90-degree angle, adjust your office chair either up or down.
- You should be able to easily slide your fingers under your thigh at the edge of your office chair. If the space feels too tight, you need to prop your feet up with an adjustable footrest. If you are very tall and you can feel more than a finger width between your thigh and the chair, you need to raise the height of your office chair.
- Your bottom should be pressed against the back of your chair .There should also be a cushion that causes your lower back to arch slightly. This will reduce the chances of slouching or slumping in your chair as you become more tired throughout the day.
- Sit comfortably with your head facing forward and close your eyes. When you open your eyes, your gaze should be aimed at the middle of your computer screen. If your screen is higher or lower than your gaze, you need to either raise or lower it. This will help to prevent added strain on the upper spine.
Don’t let the freedom of remote working cause you to develop restricting back pain.
Take your first step towards better health and call us on 01782 848 184 today
From the team at City Chiropractic Clinic
Our Chiropractors in Stoke on Trent are here to help you