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Working From Home Tips

Have you started working from home because of COVID-19? Maybe you’re newly homeschooling your kids or simply spending more time keeping up with all the latest news.

Accessing technology from the couch or kitchen in your PJs sounds comfortable at first. But poor posture leads to aches and pains, which can develop into chronic back, neck, shoulder and wrist injuries.

You might not have an ergonomic workstation in your home. But we’ve got your back. Working or learning from home doesn’t have to be painful. And a setup that keeps you and your family pain-free doesn’t have to be expensive.

5 simple ways to work in comfort and protect your spinal health.

1. Lift your laptop

If you’re using your laptop at the kitchen table, it might be positioned too low. Place a few books or a shoebox underneath it so you are looking directly at the screen. This is easy to adjust for your smaller family members and will stop you from leaning forward and bending your necks.

2. Raid the linen closet

No cushy desk chair? No problem. Slip a thin cushion under your seat and a rolled-up towel behind your lower back. This lumbar support will help to prevent low back pain.

3. Stand up

You don’t need an expensive standing desk. A simple hack like placing a large cardboard box on your kitchen table can raise your laptop enough to be effective. Try to alternate between sitting and standing. We recommend standing while on calls or watching videos to get started.

4. Go wireless

Wireless gadgets are affordable game-changers. A wireless headset can relieve the strain an extended cell phone call puts on your neck. Wireless keyboard & mouse combinations allow you to keep a comfortable typing position while elevating your screen as needed.

5. Stretch it out

Make sure every family member takes time to move at least once an hour. Neck rolls, shoulder rolls, and gentle spinal twists will help keep you mobile.

Finally, don’t forget to take plenty of breaks. This is a stressful time, and it’s important to give yourself the physical and mental space to stay healthy.

There are a lot of online options for guiding your physical fitness while stuck at home.  Some trainers are offering live fitness sessions on Instagram.  And, my YouTube channel continues to be a good resource for mobility routines.


Virtual consultations with me are also an option for you, whether it is to re-assess an injury/pain, review your exercises, or simply to chat for re-assurance about your pain or injury.  If needed, email me.

I also invite you to visit my Facebook page and join in on the mini conversations I’ve been generating with my Facebook posts.

I’m wishing you all well during this stressful time.  Stay safe and do your part to help us get through this as efficiently as possible.  Happy Passover and Easter to all those celebrating this week.  Enjoy the virtual time with your families and friends.

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