Research has found that working a sedentary job can lead to neck aches, back pain and much more. Now that many workers are working from home on their couches or at their kitchen counter, this could be a persistent problem.
“I encourage people to establish environments that lead them to be as efficient as possible,” said Zachary Stapleton, a University of Chicago physical therapist.
Stapleton suggests that workers should have both feet on the floor, elbows at a 90-degree angle and the computer monitor should be even with the worker’s brow, also referred to as the “neutral posture.”
“If you’re able to do these main things, the rest will fall into place,” said Stapleton.
Nikki Weiner, occupational therapist and co-founder of Rising Workplace, helped create the company specifically to deliver ergonomic solutions for workplace environments.
In order to truly create a workspace that is ergonomic, Weiner suggests having a setup that features adjustable furniture and chairs that have back support, which allows you to work in the neutral posture. Additionally, those who use laptops should consider purchasing an external mouse and keyboard to maintain the neutral posture.
Not only is furniture necessary for an ergonomic workspace, but natural lighting can also help minimize eye strain and prevent potential headaches.