back pain working from home

This is the correct ergonomic set up for working at a PC – whether it is at home or in an office. 

Correct sitting posture at desk

Unfortunately due to the current lockdown a lot of us are working from home for the first time so we don’t have access to the perfect set up as above.  In reality, a lot of us end up working like this:

Luckily, even though we might not have a perfect home office with an expensive ergonomic chair, we can still make little changes to ensure we don’t end up like this man who will most probably be complaining of a painful back and neck before long.  Simple things like these can really help:

Move to a table/desk/breakfast bar where you can get your legs underneath properly.

Adjust the height of your chair to allow the screen to be at eye level.

Use a PC where possible instead of a laptop.  Laptops are not as ergonomic as PC’s because the screen and keyboard are attached so it is hard for the screen to be at eye level but still allow the forearms to be rested on the desk/table.

Aim to get up and move around and stretch out for at least 10 minutes every 45 mins to 1 hour of work.

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