Spending more time working from home? If so, you could be at risk of developing more aches and pains. While the 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 setup 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 setup 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

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