How is working from home affecting my body?
- Your neck and shoulders are likely to be causing you the most pain. If this is the case, your posture and the way you are looking at your screen may be the issue. Bad posture and back pain often come hand in hand
- When you’re staring at a computer screen for long periods of time, you’re making your eyes work harder. This can lead to digital eye strain which often consists of headaches, blurred vision, dry eyes, and neck and shoulder pain
- If your hips feel tight, this may be due to your back not being positioned correctly. Your back is actually supposed to recline 15 to 20 degrees to keep your hips open
- Leg cramps are due to poor circulation and the ache you’re often feeling is your body telling you that you’re not working with good posture
- If your hands and wrists are sore and aren’t in a neutral position, it puts more strain on the tendons that go through the structure in your wrist called the carpal tunnel. This can result in carpal tunnel syndrome.
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What can I do to fix it?
- Try positioning the monitor at eye level so your neck and shoulders are in a neutral position. If you’re working with a laptop, try placing the laptop on a table or desk that is preferably at elbow height
- Take frequent breaks away from the screen as well as seeking natural light throughout the day
- Recline your seat if your chair is adjustable and if it’s not, make sure to get up frequently and keep moving around
- Promote good circulation in your legs by adjusting the height of your chair so that your feet are flat on the ground. Alternatively, you could use a footrest!
- Keep your wrists flat and straight so they are not bent left or right.