You’ve been working from the couch or the dining table and now you’re in pain. Try these tips.
The Washington Post discusses tips when working from home to address body aches and pains according to experts, including HSS body mechanics coordinator, Jon Cinkay, PT.
Cinkay suggests trying a more ergonomic setup. “You’ll want to adjust your chair so that elbows sit at a 90-degree angle; where your hands end up is where your keyboard should be,” he explains, adding thighs should be parallel to the floor and feet should sit flat. If they dangle even a little, put a box or some books on the floor to support them.
To support the lower back while you work, its advised to sit back in your chair to cradle your spine and up to the shoulder blades. For those with sciatica, Cinkay recommends sitting a bit lower so the knees are slightly higher than the hip. “It puts the hamstring muscles in a more slackened position, and that’s what the sciatic nerve runs through,” he said.
Read the full article at Washingtonpost.com. This also appeared in the May 5, 2020 print issue.