Working From Home
Prior to COVID-19, working from home seemed like a luxury. Laying back on the couch in your pajamas while watching Netflix and doing some work on your laptop. However, now many Americans are realizing that it’s not all it cracked up to be. The kids are at home, we are physically unable to get outside of the home, and many of us have been experiencing some new neck and back pain. What is causing this influx of back and neck pain? Poor posture!
At-Home Posture Setup
The key to your successful work station includes a well-planned set up. If your work station is set up properly, you will not only be more effective and efficient in your work, but also decrease your risk for pain and injury. When you start to change this discipline, it complicates things. So, what exactly does a good work station for set up involve?
The key to any proper posture will start with the pelvis. Most sofas or recliners will tilt the pelvis and put the body at a mechanically and biomechanical disadvantage. Whether sitting in a desk chair, bed, recliner or sofa, a simple fix can be to put a folded towel toward the back of the seat to allow the pelvis to stay engaged and to prevent a posterior, or backwards, tilt. The next thing to consider is the position of the scapula, or shoulder blades.
Ideally, your shoulder blades should be pulled back and down to engage your proper postural muscles and to prevent you from slumping over a computer or phone. The final thing to consider is the position of the neck. It is essential to line the head properly over the shoulders and to avoid the head creeping forward in front of the shoulders. Prolonged time with a forward head posture will put serious stress on the neck muscles and can even cause headaches.
Despite the comfort of being in your own home, it is essential to keep good posture when working for prolonged periods of time. These three simple corrections can help you maintain a proper posture, whether sitting on a sofa or a desk chair.
Post written by: Casey Badder, PT