Importance of desk posture
Since the Covid-19 pandemic, many people are working from home (WFH) to keep themselves and others safe. More than 80% of the employed adults are wanting to keep WFH part time even when the pandemic is over, and many businesses have embraced this as the new norm.
Working from home?
WFH has many benefits to employees and employers. It has shown to improve wellbeing in general, however a staggering amount of people are experiencing lower back and neck pain. Why could this be?
One of the reasons could be due to poor posture and desk set up. At the office you are required to have a desk and chair that is specific to your needs. However, at home you may be sitting at the kitchen countertop or sitting with your laptop on the couch.
Sitting down long term in awkward positions can cause poor posture where your neck is straining, and your back is out of kilter. It can actually change the shape of your spine leading to pain and movement issues.
So, what is the correct way to sit a desk?
How should I be sitting?
Whether you are working at the office or at home, there is a way to sit at a desk to minimize the damage to your posture and protect your health. Here are some guidelines that you can follow.
- Keep your feet flat on the floor or a footrest.
- Knees the same height as your hips or slightly lower.
- Place your ankles in front of your knees.
- Relaxed shoulders with elbows by your side.
- Straight back and looking forward.
- Tilt the monitor so that your eye level is at the top of the screen.
- Take frequent breaks by getting up and walk around or stretch.
If possible, it may be worth investing in a monitor, document holder or a headset to prevent poor posture.
Book an appointment with Dynamic Physio
If poor posture is causing discomfort or pain in your neck, shoulders, and back, give Dynamic Physio a call. We can help you correct your posture, ease your pain, and give you some exercises and stretches to strengthen the affected areas.