Posted on 15th November 2020 at 15:50
With more people working from home due to the Covid 19 pandemic making sure you have a good home office set up can be very beneficial.
The Charity Versus Arthritis have completed a survey on the increased incidence of musculoskeletal pain resulting from a home office set up. They have found 81% of office workers have experienced some sort of musculoskeletal pain, 23% reporting that their pain troubles them often or most of the time. Lumbar pain is the most common complaint.
In addition to poor home office set up, musculoskeletal problems can also be compounded by a reduction in activity. In the survey 50% of respondents report being less active due to the Lockdown. Only 1 in 3 workers reported having a dedicated workspace at home.
Bupa UK Insurance have also found similar problems with working from home and reported that -
11% of home workers sought medical help, the majority resorting to over the counter painkillers, massages or ice baths.
28% have done nothing to relieve their symptoms, causing unnecessary longer term discomfort.
42% of those surveyed intend to continue working from home when social distancing rules are relaxed.
As it appears that home working is becoming the new normal, here are a few tips to relieve some load from your musculoskeletal system when setting up your home workstation :