Over the last several months the opportunities to Work from Home (WFH) have kept a large majority of the population safe and healthy. Yet, WFH may not always be as comfortable as it sounds. Many workers have needed to trade in their rolling chair and dual computer monitors for the family room couch and laptop. Small changes to someone’s work environment may be on-setting large differences in the way our bodies are used to moving. These changes may also result in new feelings of soreness and pain. It is important to be mindful of the things we can do in order to combat the challenges of WFH to minimize the potential aches and pains of home office life.
Common orthopedic syndromes to be mindful of that can be associated with repetitive use, poor posture, and/or soft tissue tightness as a result of WFH include:
While the work force continues to remain productive during our country’s continually changing times, there are several things that can be done to lessen the forces placed on our bodies in less than ideal work spaces.
These strategies can be helpful as WFH continues to be the norm. Furthermore, many of these strategies can be helpful even after transitioning back into the staff room to prevent and minimize the daily effects the office can have on our bodies.
If you’re experiencing pain or soreness, schedule a free assessment with an Athletico clinician. Assessments are available both in-clinic and virtually through our Telehealth platform.
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