Tips for making working from home less of a pain

Are you dealing with neck tension, back pain or headaches?

Of all the adults frequenting our office, around 60% can be down to the new ‘normal’ of working from home. From dining room chairs to long days on the couch with your laptop in hand, working from home is sure to mess with your back. To make sure that working from home is less of a pain, we put together some tips to help you thrive:

  1. Invest in a decent office chair if you plan on working from home for some time. Sit back in your chair with your feet flat on the ground in front of you. Angle the chair back by a few degrees, as this greatly reduces the pressure on your low back.
  2. If you use a laptop, be sure to use a separate keyboard and mouse as well as lift the laptop to eye level with a stack of books or a plastic box.
  3. We know it’s tempting to work from your comfortable couch or your bed, but your back won’t like it after a while. Avoid this at all costs!
  4. Take scheduled breaks. While you may think this means less time working, it will increase your productivity and efficiency. In fact, taking a break every 50 minutes is the most common and effective way to boost your productivity. Working from home has its benefits and these breaks can be used to stretch, exercise, meditate or make a healthy snack.
  5. Stretch to keep most aches and pains at bay. Now is a great time to add stretching into your daily work routine. Periodic stretching will help deliver fresh blood supply, oxygen, and other healing nutrients to your muscles. You’ll feel better and prevent injury. Find some easy stretches here.
  6. Manage stress by adding a wind-down routine to your evening that includes my famous Towel Exercise. Find out more by watching this short video.
  7. Keep a 1L glass or non-plastic bottle on your desk to drink water throughout the day, like this one from Vitasoul. Try drinking at least 2L of water each day.

Are you dealing with neck tension, back pain or headaches that you just can’t get rid of? We are here to help.

Contact the office to book an appointment with Dr Chantel or Dr Brittany for an adjustment. Let us do our jobs so you can do your jobs while you are working from home.

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