Being in stage 3 lock down means that there are many things that once taken for granted we are no longer able to do.
One of the these is having the opportunity to go to work.
With the virus came a change in our work dynamics with many of us finding ourselves working out of makeshift offices at home.
Hence such places as that were once regarded as kitchens, lounge rooms, bedrooms and laundries have now been redefined as offices.
Computers now sit in the place of fruit bowls, coffee table books, cosmetics, grooming products and laundry powder.
So even though many Australian family homes have now become mini productive replicas of larger office areas, one of the things that many cannot mimic is the ergonomic environment that the traditional office space supplies.
So, we have office chairs replaced by kitchen chairs, couches, bean bags and beds.
Office desks are replaced by kitchen and coffee tables, benches and you guessed it: beds.
So how do we maintain a good posture in the domestic, office environment?
How do we prevent ourselves from slouching when necessity dictates that we spend hours at these unusual workstations?
Below are some tips that you will hopefully find useful.
Firstly, find the most suitable spot from which to work. Ideally find yourself a spot with a good source of light.
Make sure that your makeshift desk has a clean and clutter free useable surface and that when you are sitting it allows you elbows to be positioned to about 90 degrees.
The chair. Most people are using a hard and uncomfortable kitchen chair. How can we make it a little cosier?
If you have a couple of beach towels fold them and put them on the base on the chair. To improve the back support, grab a comfortable pillow and position it into the small of your back. Now lower yourself into the chair until you are comfortable. You can also raise yourself to the correct height by using more padding material on the seat of the chair (such as more beach towels).
Position the laptop on the “desk” surface in front of you, pull the chair as close to the table as possible and rather than bending your head and hunching to look at the screen see if you can keep you head a little more upright and look down at the screen.
This will take a little practice, but it can be done.
Just be careful that you do not excessively look down as this may result in eye strain.
Another hint is that when you are sitting, push and lift your chest up and this will help centre your head on your shoulders.
Most importantly take regular breaks and stretch.
With many of us now working from home it is very much a case of “working with what we have”.
So, let’s all settle in, make ourselves as comfortable as possible and tackle these next couple of months with enthusiasm and optimism.
If you need any further advice, please feel free to call the Mount Street Chiropractic Centre at 124 Mount street Heidelberg on 03 94553000. We have over 35 years of experience in dealing with ergonomic related matters in the office environment.
All assessments and treatments are based on sound clinical practices and techniques and a positive client outcome is out main priority.