Ergonomics and Working at Home

Rehabilitation and fitness motivate everything we do at elevate. Movement, agility, and stability improve your health at every age.

And now we have more clients and patients, of every age, talking to us about aches and pains. We think that it may relate to spending more time working at home. And much of that time may be spent in front of our computers, tablets, or phones in sub-optimal setups.

Justin and the team have been helping clients make little ergonomic adjustments to their routines. But these can make a big difference in how you feel.

So, we thought: why not share them before people need rehabilitation and fitness help?

One great (but not so great looking) source of ergonomic tips is from The Cornell University Ergonomics Web.

You can achieve rehabilitation and fitness on your own with better ergonomics

Here are a few easy things that will help you avoid pain at your desk.

Back and Side Pain:

  • Adjust your chair so that you don’t have to reach up for the keyboard.
  • Adjust your chair so that you lean slightly away from the keyboard.
  • Center your monitor and keyboard directly in front of you.
  • And have the monitor positioned so you can look straight ahead.

Shoulder and Neck Pain:

  • See the above rehabilitation and fitness tips..
  • Position your chair’s arm rests to keep your elbows close to your body.
  • And where your arms can be relaxed as you type.

Leg Pain:

  • We suggest that you get up and move around every 20 minutes or so.
  • Have enough room to move your legs while you’re sitting.
  • Try a footrest to raise your legs. The different positions help avoid pain.

Wrist Pain:

  • When using a keyboard, place it at a level where you can type with your wrists flat.
  • Angle the keyboard a few degrees downward. This keeps wrists level.
  • As always, centering your keyboard and monitor helps.

A rehabilitation and fitness key point: Posture makes a huge difference

With tablets and phones, the elevate team encourages you to try to use them without hunching over. And we suggest a bigger font so that you can do this easily. Of course, for talking we love hands-free. You can keep that excellent posture and avoid straining your neck and shoulders.

If you’d like us to work with you on some more rehabilitation and fitness ergonomic tips, just contact us. We’re glad to help you improve your habits. Because, while we love treating people, we’re happier when you are pain free.

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