Perhaps you’ve been working from home for years already, perhaps you’re one of the 42 per cent of Australians that have started working from home in the rough year of 2020. Perhaps at first, getting work done from that comfy, cosy sofa in the living room was a great change of pace. Perhaps as the weeks of lockdown turned into months, you’ve experienced back pains from what, at first, seemed like a comfortable working environment.
2021 is likely to be a busy year for chiropractors, but it ought to be an insightful year for everyone looking into their own posture and how to make the best out of working from home. Better backs is certainly correlated to better living, so get back in action in 2021 with quality back care and the following tips
Choose the Right Furniture
The biggest problem for most of the work from home crowd is that they simply lack the office furniture needed to work with correct posture. One of the biggest improvements you can make is to use (or purchase, if needed) a suitable desk, chair, laptop stand, and any other peripherals that can help you work more comfortably yet with good posture.
The demand for high-quality office chairs has soared during the pandemic, but you don’t have to spend a fortune to have a ‘good enough’ office chair for daily use. Ensure that there are dedicated armrests, adjustable height, and lumbar support if that is important to you.
Raise Your Monitors
A big problem for many of us working at home is that we simply may not have the convenience of a dedicated home office, leading to working from the sofa or an uncomfortable chair not designed for extended periods of sitting. A simple fix is to pick up a laptop stand or raise your monitor such that it’s at eye level. Doing so will be more natural for your neck since you won’t be constantly looking up or down, thus putting strain on your neck.
Always try to sit with correct posture. Surely you’ve heard people rattling on about it day after day, and for good reason. Perhaps you spend eight hours a day sitting in one position – that’s a whole third of the day. Poor posture can lead to all sorts of back problems over time, so get it right by bending the knees at 90 degrees, keep elbows bent at 90 degrees, and avoid slouching forward and try to keep your back straight.
If you are unable to achieve this, look to purchasing a new desk, laptop stand, or an appropriate chair.
Try Standing Work
Years ago, many were claiming that sitting was the new smoking. A bad habit that we engage in all too often, sure, but there are alternatives such as standing desks. Most major furniture retailers and suppliers in Australia will have standing desks on offer, although the choices may not be as varied as for traditional desks. Nevertheless, look for a desk that is able to elevate your working monitor or laptop to approximately eye level with the aid of a laptop stand atop the desk.
Quality chiropractic care is a great way to alleviate back pain and to spring you back into action. The friendly professionals at Better Backs are only a phone call away, so get in touch with us if you’d like to enquire about our chiropractic services.