Working from home could be a pain: How to avoid poor posture and aches

first_img(WBNG) — With stay-at-home orders in place, many people are working from home. Getting up and taking breaks is important too, not only for your body, but for your mind. Local chiropractor Dr. Michael Rouhana has some tips on how to help. Avoid working on the couch or in bed, because that can lead to slouching. So once you clock out, getting a quick workout in can help you too. First, he says to create a desk at home. “So you don’t sit in the same spot for hours at a time and have one ankle crossed over the other. It just puts uneven stress on the muscles,” said Dr. Rouhana. “You want to try to keep your head level and your eye level forward and not looking down or looking up because that will strain the muscles of the neck and upper-mid back and create tension,” he said. “Stay strong, not just physically but mentally. Obviously one affects the other,” said Dr. Rouhana.center_img Doctors say basic exercise can also help out with posture and back pain. Keeping your feet on the floor and not crossed will also help relieve some strain. “That happens when the shoulders drop in front of the chest and the head tilts forward. And that puts an extreme curve on the spine and also places stress on the neck,” said Dr. Rouhana. Without being in a typical office set-up, you may experience poor posture or back pain. “They sound simple, but a lot of us fall victim to not doing those things,” he said. Dr. Rouhana suggests elevating your computer or laptop monitor so the top of it meets your line of sight. But having your office in your dining room or living room is not ideal.last_img

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