Office ergonomics: Details Can Make all the Difference
What many people don’t know: your work environment, including the position of your computer, the height of your desk or the ergonomic shape of your chair can directly influence how the body reacts. Ergonomics at home is equally as important as being in the office to prevent pain. It is always a good idea to make your working environment as supportive for you as possible.
When at home, try to find a chair that supports your spine. Meaning the height of the chair allows your feet to be flat on the floor and knees in line with your hips. Your desk or table should be at the right height: tall enough to have room for your legs underneath the table, with your arms resting comfortably on the tabletop or desk to avoid feeling cramped.
It is important to use a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. The monitor should be at eye level or slightly below and kept at an arm’s length away. This is all important to avoid hunching over a small laptop screen that may result in pain. Whilst it may be tempting to work on the lounge or somewhere comfy, avoid doing so for long periods of time. This is because working with poor posture could lead to back or neck pain. Also, when working from home its best to stay in contact with colleagues by using either a headset or headphones. This will ensure your keeping good posture and your hands free to prevent shoulder pain and the possibility of straining your neck.
Ergonomic back pain can be caused from a variety of psychological stress factors. Factors such as stress or loading yourself with too much work can greatly contribute to tenseness. If you do experience strains and pains, it is important to take note of when they flair up.
By having the right set up for your home office by utilising suitable desk ergonomics, whether it be temporary or permanent, you can help can prevent neck, back, or shoulder pain associated with poor posture or an unsuitable work space. You may find in times of stress and discomfort pain flare ups may increase therefore it is important to engage in activities that excite you to decrease the likelihood of pain occurring.