Are you having mixed feelings about working from home? It’s perfectly normal to actually miss the professional atmosphere of the office. Adjusting to a make shift workspace at home can be challenging, especially if you’re experiencing physical pain. Having access to effective ergonomics doesn’t have to be limited to a corporate office building.
Work related strains are common throughout all industries. Whether your job is physically intensive or not, how you perform in your role impacts your overall well-being. Even sitting all day in front of a laptop and participating in conference calls can cause work related stress and strain. Many home offices are trendy and simply add to the aesthetics of a home; but, ergonomics are often left out of the design.
Ergonomics focuses on designing and implementing spaces that are specifically suited to the individual users.
According to Registered Physiotherapist, Heather Watson, creating an ergonomic workstation at home can be both practical and cost effective, “In reality, most people already have the tools we need for a good ergonomic setup, but are using these tools in the wrong ways.” This is precisely why an expensive chair does not guarantee ergonomic benefits. “It's how we use that chair - how it's set up, and our postural habits that ultimately determine its ergonomic value."
An effective ergonomic workspace at home is a practical way to reduce repetitive strain in your hands, wrists and back. Headaches are also common when working in poor conditions which ultimately lead to less productivity. Since you’re at home, it may be tempting to take a power nap, but those dull aches will eventually become lingering issues. As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure, especially when your overall well-being is at risk.
Right now you have the opportunity to take preventative measures to counteract the negative effects of your new work environment. In Canada, $22 billion is spent annually on various musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) which include work related hazards. Using your health benefits to maintain your overall well-being is much more convenient and cost effective than going through the rehabilitation process. MSDs include common challenges for office employees such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis. An ergonomic workspace at home will also help you to maintain your quality of life outside of your work schedule. It would be unfortunate to work all day followed by being in pain all night.
Ergonomic Assessments at Home
Certified Physiotherapists are trained professionals that can guide you toward the most effective way to set up an ergonomic space in your home. And, it doesn’t need to be complicated or expensive. Fortunately, most insurance companies cover ergonomic assessments and that’s great news, especially if you’re still in pain. You can get help to create a healthy work environment at home while preventing pain and injuries.
The HealthCasa Difference
Our Physiotherapists in the Greater Toronto Area conduct a thorough patient interview, followed by a full assessment, adjustments and injury prevention education. Even after the appointment, your Physiotherapist will provide a follow up report to keep you on the right track. For a more detailed look at what to expect at an ergonomic assessment, click