Tips From A Physiotherapist: How To Make Sure Your Workspace Is Ergonomic

Spending more time working from home? If so, you could be at risk of developing more aches and pains. While home is a more relaxed environment, sending emails from the kitchen bench or having meetings in the lounge room, studies have shown that a long term poor ergonomic set up could lead to the development of musculoskeletal disorders.

Our physiotherapist provides tips on working from home:

  • Ensure your back support supports the natural curves of your spine
  • Chair height appropriate to ensure feet are flat and supported on the floor (sometimes you need to use a box or some books to accommodate for screen height)
  • Sit with your elbows and knees at a 90-degree angle
  • Set up the monitor so that the top line of text on the screen is at resting eye level

Along with a correct ergonomic setup, implement frequent, short breaks where you stand up, stretch or walk around a bit. This could be a simple as standing up for a phone call, having a snack, or making a cup of tea or coffee. Studies have proven that movement relaxes tissues, loosens joints and prevents stiffness, improves circulation, reduces fatigue, and builds stamina.

What Sports & Spinal Physiotherapists can do for you:

  • Our physiotherapists will help to quickly identify any risks early in your workstation set up BEFORE they develop into more serious conditions
  • Teach you the most effective stretches and exercises you can do to help when working from home -prevention is always better than cure!
  • This will help to boost your productivity levels and energy when working
  • Help to prevent time off work and sick days attributed to poor ergonomics leading to musculoskeletal problems
  • Help YOU to provide a solution to your work environment

Desk Stretches from our Physio Ed 

If you are experiencing any issues with working from home, contact our physiotherapists to discuss how they can help you.

Written by Physiotherapist Ed McHugh

Ed graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy Degree from Nottingham University in the UK in 2005 and went on to complete an MSc in advanced musculoskeletal physiotherapy from Hertfordshire University in 2014. Ed is a highly skilled and dynamic physiotherapist with a proven track record of expertise in the management of musculoskeletal conditions. Ed has previously studied Sports Science at the prestigious Loughborough University and combines his knowledge in this field to help develop effective rehabilitation and exercise prescription.

Ed has been fortunate to have worked in a variety of clinical settings which have given him a wholesome understanding of physiotherapy to a variety of patient groups and settings. Ed has worked in private sports physiotherapy clinics, corporate healthcare, occupational health and private hospital facilities as well as running his own private practice.

Ed’s specialist interests are treating sports injuries with a particular interest in the analysis of movement patterns in their role in injury. Ed also has an interest in treating spinal pain conditions using a variety of manual techniques, acupuncture and rehabilitation to help patients achieve their goals.

Ed is available for Physiotherapy appointments at the Caloundra clinic.