Have you suddenly found yourself working from home? You’re not alone.
Home is where the heart is. However, in light of recent social distancing measures, it’s now also the DIY office, study station, and even classroom.
While you may enjoy having fido at your feet and endless kitchen snacks within arm’s reach, it’s important that your office setup is ergonomic and suits your individual needs.
Director of Scarborough Physio and Health, Nick Schuster, offers some practical advice on how to correctly set up your work station, to help reduce stress on your back and neck.
He explains there are quite a few common mistakes that we are all making when it comes to current home setups and the pains they can cause.
The good news is, there are easy steps to fix this! (And they won’t break the back, er, we mean bank).
Follow these practical tips and you will be well on your way to a healthy and happy workspace.
As for resisting all the household snacks and leftover Easter eggs, you’re on your own there!
Helping kids get set up at their desks can be a little different to organising an adult’s workspace, according to Scarborough Physio and Health.
While the desk, computer and hardware itself may look similar, it must be adjusted to the height of the child (i.e. ensure the top of the computer screen is at their eye level).
It’s also preferable for the child’s feet to reach the floor (rather than using a high stool at the kitchen bench) and sit with their back reasonably straight in the chair.
A dining chair here is fine (if an adjustable office chair is not available), as long as it isn’t used for long periods of time and is sat in correctly. If you are doing more than two hours of work at your desk each day, an adjustable chair is much more suitable
Finally, Mr Schuster pointed out that children’s back muscles aren’t as strong, which means they require more frequent movement.
“Kids don’t want to sit still for as long as adults, and it is natural they want to move around a bit more.”
Speaking of moving, now that you’ve got your desk, computer, and chair right, why not check out these simple stretches you can do at home to help reduce neck and back soreness.
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