We live in underrepresented times in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, and many people are now working remotely from home. Whilst we must all maintain social distancing and excellent hand hygiene it’s left a few patients asking about how to set up the best ‘home office’.
There is no such thing as the perfect posture, the best posture is the next posture, and movement is key. A good posture will only allow an individual to sit in one position for longer so provide variety and get up and move!
Set your routine: decide on time frame, breaks, exercise, and eating plan. Allow yourself time for exercise or spending time with spouses and / or children. Remember to drink water – dehydration leads to detrimental performance.
Desk Set-up: Ideally desk should be comfortable with the top of the screen at eye height, comfortable chair, with an open posture. Wrists should be supported by the desk and mouse within close reach. Those requiring further information please refer to the Health and Safety Executive Workstation Guidelines that can be found by clicking here.
Desk Exercises: Whilst ideally we’d all get away from our desks, often it might not be possible and it maybe a good idea to try and do some chair based mobility. Try reaching up high, reaching to the side, arching your low back and sitting tall and slumping into the chair. Shrug your shoulders up and down, and round your shoulders forwards and then pull your shoulders back. For your neck: move it gently from side to side, and turn left and right. 3-5 repetitions of each a couple of times a day should help.
Please keep washing your hands and stay safe.
If you are experiencing musculoskeletal pain or discomfort and require some reassurance and advice. Please get in contact or call 01483571783