Making Working from Home Work for Your Back

There isn’t a soul out there who was sad to throw out the calendar from 2020 and move on. This enduring coronavirus has tested the patience of everyone, from CEOs to second graders. And, while there finally seems to be an end in sight, many of the changes that have occurred during this strangest of years could stick.

One of those is working from home. If one good thing has come out of this pandemic, it’s that middle managers can go the way of the passenger pigeon or the dodo bird. That’s because for many of these people, “butt in chair” time was their way of managing people. From banking powerhouses to social media giants, it turns out that people are just fine without “Bob” breathing down their back because they were 15 minutes late after dropping their kid at daycare. Turns out people work well from home, in many cases more productively.

And that may remain the new normal for many people. OK, so how’s that home office? Is it the kitchen table and your desk chair is an old wooden offering that is less than comfortable, not to mention less than ergonomic?

In these two blogs from the New Year for Dr. Tinley and DFW Center for Spinal Disorders, let’s get down to making a home office everyone can love, including your spine.

Making Remote Work Back Friendly

None of us were ready for what was thrown at us in 2020. We didn’t get to plan. We didn’t get to create our home office; it was thrown at us. So, many of us ended up hunched over our coffee table in the living room, laptop and paperwork spread across the space formerly occupied by knickknacks and magazines. Or we were at the above-mentioned kitchen table.

Now, we know this could be an enduring situation. Many of us will never go back to the cushy corner office and the $800 Herman Miller chair. So, what can you do to improve your situation for your back and your productivity? Let’s get into some strategies in this month’s two DFW blogs.

Change your posture often

This applies to an actual office or a thrown-together home office — change it up. Sitting in the same position in the same chair all day is a recipe for back, neck, and shoulder pain. You can start at that kitchen table, but then move to the couch. Then stand for a while. Alternate every hour if possible.

Put a pillow on your seat

Ordinary chairs weren’t meant for eight hours (OK, more like five or six in the new home office world). But it’s easy to improve that kitchen table chair. Put down a thin pillow or a folded towel. Draping a second towel in a couple of layers over the back doesn’t hurt either.

That’s a start. In January’s second blog we’ll finish out some more strategies. Until then, if your home office has been less than kind to your back, give Dr. Tinley a call at DFW Center for Spinal Disorders, (817) 916-4685.

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