More people are working from home because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Working from home can have its advantages, but it can also be detrimental for your health. Lack of physical activity and weight gain from sitting in your home office can cause an increase in back pain. If back pain is not addressed properly, it can create musculoskeletal injuries and other orthopedic issues. Here is how you can manage back pain while working from home.
Improve Ergonomics to Relieve Back Pain
How your workspace is set up can significantly impact your comfort and productivity levels. By considering and improving your current ergonomics, you can relieve back pain. Use an office chair that supports the curve of your back and make sure your feet are flat on the floor. Sit up straight to reduce muscle fatigue and prevent strain on the intervertebral lumbar discs in your spine. Center your laptop or computer at eye level to reduce strain on your shoulders and neck.
Increase Physical Activity Throughout the Day
When you are working from home, you may get less physical activity during the day than if you went to work outside your home. Being physically stagnant can increase back pain and muscle weakness. Get up from your chair at least once every hour and walk around for a few minutes. Make sure to schedule low impact aerobic activity and strength training a few times during the week to improve blood circulation and relieve pressure on your spine.
Do Stretches to Relieve Back Pain
You can relieve back pain by stretching your back and neck on a daily basis. Stretching can also help you prevent injuries from tight muscles. A physical therapist can recommend specific exercises to provide relief.
Physical Therapy Treatment for Back Pain
Back pain while working from home can be debilitating and affect your overall productivity and well-being. At Sovereign Rehabilitation, we can help you with individualized treatment solutions to help you manage and relieve back pain. Prevent your back pain from getting worse by scheduling a consultation today.
Posted on behalf of Sovereign Rehabilitation
5555 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd, Suite 225
Atlanta, GA 30342
Phone: (404) 835-3340