Assessing Your Home Work Station

By April 2, 2020 No Comments

Assessing your Home Work Station

With a significant portion of the population quickly moving to working from home, it’s time to look at your home work station setup.

It is quite common to experience pain and discomfort as a result of prolonged periods of time spent sitting at a work station that is not set up correctly. 

The good news is that setting up your home work station is a simple & easy process, enabling you to improve your working posture, and avoid common neck and back issues.

Your Platinum Physiotherapist can help you with a home work station set up – either coming into your home, or via an online consultation (Telehealth). You can book an appointment online, or call the clinic on 8554 0111.

In the mean time, here are a few ways to set up your home work station, and help you live the life you love.

Setting Up – The Chair

  • Chair Height Adjustment
    • Ensure the chair height is adjusted to where your thigh is parallel to the ground, and knees are level with your hips.
  • Feet Planted 
    • Your feet should be planted flat and firm on the ground. This helps to distribute your body weight and not solely increase pressure through the lower back.
      • Consider using a footrest/books if your feet do not reach the ground.
  • Seat Angle Adjustment
    • The angle of the chair seat should be parallel with the ground
  • Backrest Angle Adjustment
    • Have the backrest adjusted at an angle where your back is perpendicular to the floor
      • Consider using a lower back support (ie lumbar roll)

Setting Up – The Desk

  • Desk Ergonomics
    • The height of the desk should be level with elbows when bent, and shoulders should not be shrugged when hands are placed on the desk. 
  • Computer – Keyboard & Mouse
    • Your elbows should be resting between 90-120 degrees
    • Mouse position should be adjacent to the keyboard.
  • Computer – Monitor
    • Viewing distance to monitor should be at arm’s length.
    • Top of the monitor should be mostly equal to eye level in sitting.
  • Key Objects
    • Keep all essential items such as document holders, stapler, telephone, printed documents etc. close to the keyboard/monitor to minimize reaching.

Laptop Use – If you use a laptop for greater than 2 hours in a day

  • Use a separate keyboard and mouse 
  • Elevate the monitor to eye level or connect it to a separate monitor. 

General health tips

  • Ensure that you get up every hour for a stretching/resting break
  • Aim to walk for a minimum of 30 minutes every day 
  • Wash your hands and keep smiling!

If you would like your Platinum Physio to review your home work station set up, contact the clinic on 8554 011, or book online.