If you are working from home for the first time, constantly working on your couch or in your dinning room and wreak havoc on your body! So Huffington Post teamed up with some experts to find solutions to common body aches and pains.
Your neck and shoulders hurt.
If your neck and shoulders are sending you warning pangs, your posture and the way you are looking at your work may be the culprit. Try buying a lap desk to raise the height of the monitor so you are not so hunched over.
Try placing the laptop on a table or desk that is preferably at elbow height. Change locations and positions frequently up to twice an hour to increase your circulation.
Your eyes feel fatigued.
To give your eyes a break, follow the 20-20-20 rule endorsed by the American Optometric Association: “Take a 20-second break to view something 20 feet away every 20 minutes.”
If you’re working from a home office, try working near a window with natural light that is preferably at a 90-degree angle to your screen.
Your hips are tight.
Your back is actually supposed to recline 15 to 20 degrees to keep your hips open, not be ramrod straight.
Try to recline your seat if your chair is adjustable, and if not, get up frequently.
Your legs cramp.
Leg cramps are signs of poor circulation, and the ache is your body telling you that you are not working with good posture.
Try to promote good circulation in your legs. One way to do this is to adjust the height of your chair so that your feet are flat on the ground. If that’s not possible, use a footrest.
Periodic breaks every 20 minutes to move around are another way to promote good circulation.
Your wrists hurt.
If your hands and wrists are straining and aren’t in a neutral position.
Try to keep your wrists flat and straight. You want your wrists to be as flat as possible and straight, so they are not bent left or right.
Your back aches.
The CDC reports that back pain symptoms are among the top 10 reasons for medical visits in America.
Leaning forward to type, for example, puts strain on your lumbar region, which can lead to back injuries.
Try to make sure your back is supported and not being strained. You can do this by reclining your chair a bit or roll up the towel and put it behind your back so that it preserves the inward bending of the lower back.