Is Your Work Space Working Against You?: 8 Steps to a More Ergonomic Home-Office Space

The BackShield’s patented lift zone takes the pressure off the lumbar area of the spine and its shape ensures that your sitting in a pain-free position.

They call this the “new normal”. Most of us are still working from home so we’ve had to modify our
lives and our space to the way we work. Whether you’re sitting at the kitchen table or have an actual
workstation, the new normal should not include back pain.

If you’re experiencing back pain, neck pain, or even just general stiffness it may be necessary to make your “new normal” include an ergonomic workspace.

Now, there are plenty of products out there that make claims to relieve back pain while sitting.
Few work, but there are some really great products out there that do ACTUALLY work (more on that
later).

For now, we’ll focus on posture and positioning yourself and your workspace (monitor, keyboard,
desk, etc).

8 Steps for an Ergonomic Work Space

  1. Once seated, bring your shoulders up and then gently back down. Keep them aligned with your
    hips.
  2. Next, we’ll want to make sure that any screens we use are positioned slightly below eye level.
    We don’t want to have to tilt our heads up or down. We’ll also want to put the screen at about
    an arm’s length, if it’s too close or too far it can put unnecessary strain on our eyes.
  3. The height of our desk should be set so that our forearms are parallel to the floor and rest on it
    at the point where the elbow naturally folds. You should not have to cock your elbows out to
    rest your forearms on your desk. Either adjust the height of your chair or lower/raise your desk.
  4. Position your keyboard so your hands rest on it naturally, without having to reach or retract
    your arms.
  5. Make sure the height of your chair allows for your thighs to be parallel to the floor.
  6. Keep your knees bent at a 90-110 degree angle
  7. Your feet should also rest flat on the floor
  8. Keep your spine upright and relaxed, in the shape of a “J”. We don’t want a “C” shape (slumped
    forward and relaxed) or an “S” shape (overly arched and tense). We also want to make sure
    that our “behind” is behind us, not under us.

One product that does work very well to keep your spine in the optimal position while sitting is the Backshield. Its patented lift zone takes the pressure off the lumbar area of the spine and its shape ensures that your sitting in a pain-free position.

That’s it! A more ergonomic workspace in 8 steps. And remember, it’s important to stand up and move
around every 30-45 minutes. It helps with circulation and also resets your spine.