Some of the most common aches and pains occurring during the COVID-19 pandemic have no direct connections to the coronavirus. The pain comes from doing the same thing in the same way for too often and for too long.
After seven months of working from home, I’ve come to appreciate the virtues of a traditional workspace — in particular, an ergonomically correct desk setup. I never knew beds and couches could cause such discomfort.
Here, Dr. Doug Daniel, board-certified orthopedist at Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation, offers tips for staying well while working from home.
1. Keep moving.
“Our body likes moving often,” Daniel says. He suggests changing position frequently and getting up to move for at least five minutes every 45 minutes to an hour.
Sometimes that’s not possible due to the nature of a person’s job, in which case he recommends setting a small goal such as moving