Bad Posture: What is the Solution for Those Working From Home?

The rise in the number of those working from home had risen from 5% to 71% in the UK since the start of the pandemic; that big increase has been reflected in the rates of those suffering from bad posture.

One in five home workers are reporting musculoskeletal disorders as a result, according to Metro.

These can be traced back to bad posture due to working from home set-ups that encourage poor habits.

What is the solution? How can you prevent it developing into something worse?


Exercises that can help

There is a range of exercises that can help, according to the NHS, to encourage good posture. If your seeking to correct a slumping posture, try bridges, back extensions and planks to improve things.

If you find yourself leaning to see the screen or when using your phone to read/send messages, then gently lengthen your neck upwards as you tuck in your chin.

There is plenty of exercise choice to help with various back and posture-related aches and pains. However, movement, at regular intervals, remains very important in helping to keep muscles moving and preventing stiffness.


Posture correcting devices

If you are feeling more extreme in your approach, there is equipment available to help correct your slouching posture. Ranging from a clavicle, chest and back support brace to a double strap posture corrector, there are plenty of options out there. Women’s Health provides a list of their top 10 choices.


A remote workstation assessment

The main thing an employer can do to help their home-working staff is to offer a remote workstation assessment. This allows a medical professional time to assess each individual’s working from home set-up and provide insightful advice and practical tips to improve their workstation.

A report will be written up and submitted to the HR department to provide the opportunity for follow up and ongoing support for a team away from the office.

Onhealth can provide this service to any company across the country. Contact us today to find out how we can help your employees avoid bad posture.