Even though more people are returning to the office, large sums of the workforce continue to work from home due to the COVID-19 Delta variant. Whether you’re still working at home, or are moving back to a home office, it’s important to set up a comfortable, long-term home work station.
Some may think you need to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on a new chair and desk setup, but the reality is you can change a lot about your home office easily and affordably.
Your Home Office Seat Matters
Adjust your seat height so that your feet reach the ground (use a pillow if necessary) but your hips sit higher than your knees. Sit all the way back in your chair so your back is straight. Doing so helps your low back for longer periods of sitting.
Reach the Keyboard Comfortably
Start with your elbows at your side with the goal being to position the keyboard where your fingers sit. Make sure your chair is close enough to the desk and computer. Check to make sure you can comfortably reach the keys, and the mouse, without them being too far back. If your keyboard and mouse are too far back, you can experience upper back, neck, and or shoulder strain.
Making sure your computer monitor, as well as your chair, is at the proper height is one of the most important steps in setting up an ergonomic home office. Sit upright in your chair. When you look ahead, your gaze should be in the middle of your monitor. You can adjust the height of your computer screen with books, reams of paper, or whatever else you have on hand.
Use a Keyboard When Possible
Laptops are convenient and have surely been used by many while working at home. And while they’re a popular option they are not designed as the most ergonomic device. If possible, use a wireless keyboard with your laptop to alleviate staring on your back and neck. Keep in mind you should also set up your laptop as you would a home computer station, placing an emphasis on the height of the laptop screen as well as the where the keyboard is placed.
A Virtual Physical Therapist Can Help
An Agile Virtual PT can help you set up a comfortable work from home station. Our virtual PTs are highly trained and knowledgeable and offer specialized treatment plans for a variety of conditions. Schedule an appointment today to see how we can help!