We here at Kingsland Physiotherapy understand the integral part ergonomics or your working environment has on your wellbeing. One of our physiotherapist Niamh has spent time visiting different businesses around Auckland offering advice and ergonomic assessments.
The recent announcement of lockdown has forced many of us to work from home which presents its own issues to our body. Not alone are we not walking to work/ bus stop, getting to the gym on the way to/from work, but we are now spending long hours at a time in the one position in front of a computer screen.
We thought it might be useful to put a checklist together to help you optimise your home workstation.
- Aim for your eye level at the top of the monitor screen, this will ensure to keep the neck in a neutral position
- Aim to have your elbows and hips roughly positioned at 90 degrees
- Aim to sit into the back of your chair
- Aim to have ankles roughly under the knees on the ground
- Aim to maintain your wrists in neutral by supporting your forearm on the desk
- If you are taking a phone call place it on loudspeaker
- If you have to write/read raise the sheet with books
***Did you know that the compression force acting on the discs of your lower spine is 190% of your body weight when sitting down-Thus it is imperical to take regular BREAKS throughout your working day.
If you have any questions or would like us to take a look at your work station please feel free to get in touch