May 11, 2020
Working from home has multiple benefits such as saving time and money by not commuting, dressing comfortably, and working with the laptop from wherever we want. However, if we use places where we should not work, such as lying in bed, it could affect our body posture and injure our spine.
Henry Deza, Traumatologist at the Clínica Ricardo Palma, explains to El Comercio that it is important to have a correct posture when using the computer. “The screen should be at the eye level. We can use a box or some books to do so”, he says.
We should also rest our forearms on the table, and sit comfortably in a chair large enough for us. “The feet should touch the floor completely and the knees should be perpendicularly bent”, advises the Specialist.
“If our back is not straight we can use hard cushions behind to help us with our posture”, he adds.
Likewise, he recommends not working in bed, and much less upside down because it could cause contractures in our back.
Due to the current situation, it is not very easy to get an appointment in clinics and hospitals, so the doctor recommends that if we feel pain in the back, we can lie on our stomach and put on warm towels or cloths for about 15 minutes to relax the affected zone. He also recommends massages on the neck and nape areas to relieve tension. If pain persists, it is recommended to seek professional help.
Dr. Henry Deza
Traumatologist at Clínica Ricardo Palma