Avoiding neck pain when working from home during the Corona virus outbreak

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Well the panic seems to be full on for some London companies. This morning my cycle into London was remarkably eerie, almost like the mass exit experienced at Christmas time.  

But don’t fear here at KH Chiropractic Aldgate we have some top tips to avoiding neck pain when working from home. The last thing you want after dodging Corona virus is neck pain, back pain etc from poor working conditions.

DO NOT work from your sofa or bed. Take your time to setup a good workstation. After just a few hours many people feel pain or stiffness when sitting at poor workstation setups.

Thinking about working in a coffee shop?

First, I’d recommend thinking twice if you have any symptoms at all, and self-isolating and or getting guidance from 111. 

Although I believe the idea of working from home is to minimise your contact with others, I have already heard people who live alone are missing physical contact. Many are lugging their laptops into a nearby coffee shop, to set up their temporary office.

What should you consider if you step into the outside world in seek of a temporary office solution?

  • Use a rucksack to evenly distribute the weight across your body. This also helps keep the weight close to your centre of gravity, again minimising the stress on your back and other joints.

  • Choose a seat that allows your feet to sit flat on the ground. Stools and backless chairs are not very supportive and increase lower back pressure, while encourage you to slouch.

  • Sit back against the back rest to support your back and minimise slouching 

  • Bring the table closer to you if necessary so you aren’t over-reaching. This can lead to your shoulder rolling forward and extra pressure on your neck, upper back and limbs.

  • Ideally place your laptop on a stand so the top of the screen is level with your eyes. While doing this consider an additional keyboard and mouse to prevent placing your wrist, elbow and shoulder into a vulnerable position.

Help stop the spread

  • Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds and whenever you:

    • get home or into work
    • blow your nose, sneeze or cough
    • eat or handle food
  • It’s important to use soap and water or a hand sanitiser.

  • More info available on the NHS website click here.

If you’d like to learn more about avoiding neck pain when working from home, or already have pain book your Chiropractic consultation now or call us on 0203 633 0565.