If you’ve had back and neck pains since you started working at home, you’re not alone, and orthopedic surgeon Rahul Shah says there are a couple easy fixes.
Dr. Shah says getting up, moving around and taking breaks are good first steps in fixing your back and neck pain. But what else can you do to make sure your workspace is safe for your neck and back?
Dr. Shah says while what you should do is specific to your needs, there are some best practices. One of the most important is stacking your pelvis and head for minimal strain.
"You want to make sure your head is centered over your pelvis almost like a scoop of ice cream over the cone, which is your pelvis," Shah said.
Using props like a pillow or a stack of books and being aware of your head positioning will also help you feel better.
"Your head should be 10-15 degrees off of the usual 10-15 degrees down and you don’t want to look down because that causes more pain and strain in the neck," said Dr. Shah.
Dr. Shah says it’s important to know the difference between a good working place and a good sleeping space. The kitchen table is the best, not your bed and not the couch.