How To Set Up Your Desk To Work From Home 

With more people embracing the flexibility and comfort of hybrid or remote work, the home office has become a pretty common room in the house. However, amidst the convenience of working from home, it's easy to overlook the importance of maintaining a workspace that also caters to your well-being. After all, a desk that's not set up to keep you comfy can turn into a real pain in the neck, literally! 

Should you sit down or stand up at your desk? 

To sit or not to sit; that is the question! The age-old debate of sitting versus standing desks continues to be a hot topic in the office. While both options offer unique benefits, the key lies in finding what works best for you. 
For those who prefer the seated approach, incorporating a bolster behind your lower back can work wonders in maintaining proper spinal alignment. This simple addition reduces lumbar soreness and stiffness, allowing you to focus on the task at hand without the distraction of discomfort. Additionally, aim to keep your knees bent at a 90-degree angle and your feet flat on the floor to minimise hip stiffness and promote circulation – we’re looking at you cross leggers! 
On the other hand, standing desks have gained popularity for their ability to combat the adverse effects of prolonged sitting. By encouraging muscle activation, joint mobility, and postural stability, standing desks are a refreshing alternative to traditional seating arrangements. That said, not everyone finds it comfortable to be standing at your desk, and some may even struggle to concentrate. 
Of course, you can now go for the best of both worlds with desks that adjust at the simple push of a it. 

Eye level alignment 

Regardless of whether you opt for a seated or standing desk, the positioning of your screen is so important for maintaining proper neck and shoulder alignment. Aim to position the top of your laptop or monitor at eye level to prevent the dreaded strain that comes with prolonged screen time. 
Why is this so important? Well, consider the weight of your head, which can range from 5 to 8 kilograms. Now, imagine holding that weight at arm's length for an extended period—it's no wonder your neck and shoulders start to ache! By ensuring that your screen is at eye level, you can help to avoid the strain on these muscles and reduce the risk of discomfort. 

Struggling with aches and pains? 

If you find yourself grappling with chronic aches and pains, consider incorporating regular sports massages into your routine. These sessions can work wonders in reducing muscular tightness, spinal stiffness, and overall discomfort, ensuring that you remain at the top of your game when you’re firing off those emails! 
Additionally, don't forget the importance of movement throughout the day. Whether it's a quick stretch break or a leisurely stroll around the block, keeping your body in motion is essential for supporting its natural alignment and preventing long-term issues. 
Think you could benefit from a sports massage? Book an appointment to have a chat with our team today. 
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