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The 3 Best Work From Home Tips Ergonomic Experts Aren't Telling You

With more companies giving people the option to work from home it is estimated that 1 in 3 Canadians will be working from home permanently.


Some people may have dedicated work spaces in their home but many others do not and have been scrambling to create a good office setup. Spending eight hours hunched over your laptop  at your dining table, on your couch, and maybe even on your bed or floor doesn’t do a body good. Your back hurts, your wrists ache, your neck feels pinched.


This week we want to make sure that you are equipped with the knowledge to make your home office set-up is ergonomically AND financially friendly. Dr. Rob has 3 tips to help you stay pain free on a budget:


While not everyone will be working remotely full time, you may want to improve the ergonomics of your home office or work space without breaking the bank. While expensive setups can be good ergonomically, you can get the same benefits from things you probably already have in your home.


Here are our 3 best tips:


1. Don’t Buy an Expensive Chair 

but don’t buy a cheap one either! The things you want to look for in a chair is adjust-ability. The more things you can adjust – height, arm rests, seat tip – the more likely you are going to find the right settings for you. We want adjustable armrests so that you’re not straining your shoulders or wrists when you’re typing.


2. Dynamic Lumbar Support

Skip the fancy lumbar support chairs and inserts, all you need is a rolled up towel or a pillow! A decorative pillow pilfered from a couch or bed is perfect for supporting your low back. The best part about a pillow is that you can move it and you should! Changing the position of the lumbar support every 15-20 minutes — or when you start feeling uncomfortable (let’s be honest this is more likely) — is one of the best things you can do for your back. Changing positions frequently can help prevent back pain. Plus changing your lumbar support can give you an excuse to get up and move around.


3. Invest in a Stand Up Desk

Now, your stand up desk doesn’t have to be top of the line. It can be as simple as a milk crate on your desk! Anything that props your computer up to a height you can comfortably use while standing is perfect. We’ve seen people use dining room chairs, textbooks, shelves, etc. whatever you have can work. You can also use your kitchen counter top with Dr. Rob’s wide stance trick. This way you’re getting a stretch and standing up!


Above all, stay safe and stay healthy. If you’re already feeling the effects of a poor desk setup we are here to help:


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  1. Steve says
    Jun 27, 2020 at 2:40 AM

    Some wise and helpful advice. Thank you!

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