DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Southeast Health Rehab has seen many new patients complaining about neck and back pain in correlation to working from home due to the pandemic.
“Some of it has been our younger population that is doing some school work from home, they’ve had some lower back stuff and upper back pains that we’ve noted as well as our adults that are working from home that are having similar issues,” said Anthony Eubanks, Director of Rehab Services Southeast Health.
Eubanks said a lot of the pain people are experiencing while working from home is associated with bad posture and working in unfavorable locations like the couch, the floor, or a bed.
“The best advice I could give is try to find you a designated spot, try to find you a place that is a table, a chair, that’s got your computer in front of you, not on the floor not on something soft like the bed, and break it up,” Eubanks said. “Your body is meant to move so we want to keep them moving as best as we can but also watching your body mechanics while you’re at your desk.”
Sitting eye level with your computer screen, having good posture, and keeping your arms at 90 degrees will all help prevent stress on your neck and back.
“In other words, the alignment is very important, so if you are in the rounded position for long periods of time while you’re working then when you end up moving around, then you are going to have problems with your neck and with your back because you are putting them in those abnormal strained positions for long periods of time,” Eubanks said.
If you are experiencing any discomfort, here are a few stretches you can do at home.
So for all of those working from home, studying from home, Southeast Health Rehab suggests you stretch the front, strengthen the back, and keep your neck mobile.