5 Things You Should Do to Set Up a Home Office

If you've been working from home and you haven't in the past , you might find yourself with low back or neck pain. Why is this happening? Well maybe taking a look at your home office is the answer.

  1. Where ever you choose your workspace to be, make sure it is consistent and hopefully not in an area of traffic for others in the home.

  2. Check your desk. Your desk or working space should be high enough the allow your elbows to be below your hands when typing. This is to help avoid carpal tunnel and neck pain.

  3. Your chair height is important too. Make sure your chair allows for your knees to be slightly below your hips. This will keep pressure off the lumbar spine. Higher chairs are better than adding a lumbar support.

  4. Screen distance is importan. Your screen should be 20-24 inches away from your eyes. - Adjust the monitor height so that the top of the screen is at—or slightly below—eye level. Your eyes should look slightly downward when viewing the middle of the screen.

  5. Once your work station is set up, set a timer to make sure you're standing up at least once every hour.  These are just a few tips on how to make sure your at home work area is helping and hindering your body's alignment.

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