Over the past year, there have been many changes as a result of the COVID pandemic. More restaurants are offering curbside service and outdoor seating, many businesses have added home delivery options, and a large number of people have transitioned to working from home. Although many of the pandemic-influenced restrictions have been lifted, there are still more people than ever before working from a home office. And, if you’re one of those people, you might be wondering why you suffer from frequent back and neck pain.
Tips For a Healthy Back While Working From Home
In today’s blog from Myers Chiropractic, we’re going to give some simple tips for maintaining a healthy, pain-free back while working from home. Give them a try, and if you still experience some pain and discomfort, we encourage you to make an appointment at our chiropractic clinic in Redmond.
Alternate Between Sitting and Standing
Sitting puts a lot of pressure on your spine and constricts blood flow to your legs. Some experts even say that spending the majority of your time sitting can be bad for your heart and brain. A better option is to alternate between sitting and standing whenever possible. To get the most benefit out of standing (and to prevent additional back and neck problems) you have to make sure that if you’re typing on a keyboard that your desk is at the right height. The best option is to invest in a standing desk. Whether you choose a top-of-the-line electric desk that raises with the push of a button, or an economical table-top version that rises with a manual lever, being able to stand and work at the right height will ensure a happy, healthy back.
Take Frequent Breaks
It’s easy to get caught up in your work, especially when you have back-to-back calls or deadlines to meet. The most recent studies show that people working from home actually take fewer breaks than those working in an office. Unfortunately, even if you’re standing most of the time, it’s not enough — your body needs to move in order to loosen your joints and get the blood pumping. You might not be able to take a 10-minute break every hour, but at least try to do some stretches at your desk or even do a few jumping jacks. When you can get away from your desk, don't just go to another room and sit down, walk up and down the stairs a few times, take a stroll down to the mailbox, or take your dog for a jog around the block.
Invest In a Good Chair
Although you’ll want to aim to do much of your work while standing, there will certainly be times when you would prefer to sit. For times like these, it’s important to have a good-quality chair. Consider spending a little more on a chair that is made to last and has the right combination of cushion and support. It should be easily adjustable so you can ensure that your chair and desk are at the right height so you aren’t hunched over the keyboard and your feet are firmly planted on the ground.
Visit Myers Chiropractic For Back and Neck Pain
Sometimes, despite your best efforts and good habits, you wake up with an aching back. Whether your back pain is from sitting too much, a current or past injury or something else, Myers Chiropractic in Redmond can help. For over 25 years Dr. Myers has been helping his patients get effective, long-term relief. Call our chiropractic clinic today to schedule your free consultation.