Working from home may be a dream come true for some, but it may also lead you to experience some side effects, such as back and neck pain. Lower back pain is on the rise partly due to sedentary lifestyles and partly due to a lack of physical education. With more people staying home from work now, there are more chances to remain stagnant throughout your day. Please read our guide below to find tips from our physiotherapists on avoiding health issues that may stem from working from home.
Move Around Regularly
You have heard before that your posture is vital to prevent back and neck discomfort, but it is not the sole cause for these pains. Working at a computer for eight hours a day can be taxing, even with excellent posture. It is essential to your back care to take regular breaks to move around and readjust your position. Every thirty to sixty minutes, try to take a break, get some water, and walk around the house. Moving around will help reduce lumbar spine compression resulting from sitting for long periods. During your breaks, try some stretches to reduce muscle tightness and joint stiffness. You could also go for a walk to get some fresh air. Just keep moving regularly. Great posture or not, sitting for an extended time will cause some level of discomfort.
Keep Your Computer at Eye-Level
It may be tempting to work while lying in bed with your laptop on your lap, but this will never give you the proper position to avoid back and neck discomfort. We recommend keeping your monitor at eye level. Looking down at a computer screen for long periods can cause significant neck pain. Whether you are sitting or standing, if your table or counter is not tall enough for your computer to be at the proper height, try propping it up with some books. If you still find yourself looking down at the screen, make sure to look up at the ceiling regularly to stretch your neck.
Positive Mental Attitude
Stress can cause so many discomforts to your body, including pain and discomfort. It is crucial to take care of your mental health by reducing your life's stresses. Stress shows up in many different ways; it can cause muscle tension, headaches, weight fluctuation, and more. If you are struggling with pain, contact Northgate Physiotherapy Chiropractic & Massage Therapy Centre to see how we can help you. A massage is also an excellent way to help relieve any muscle tightness or stress. Massages help lower your heart rate, improve circulation, and promote relaxation.
Physiotherapists in Calgary Can Help Treat Your Pain
In the past year, many of us began working from home. As you navigate this new normal, our team is here to help you avoid any physical pain from remaining sedentary at a computer all day. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort, make an appointment today, and one of our physiotherapists can help treat your ailments. Our staff is professional, highly trained, and dedicated to treating your pain as effectively as possible.