5 Items Under $50 to Improve Your WFH (working from home) Ergonomics
Last Updated: June 18, 2020
What is Ergonomics?
Ergonomics is defined as fitting a workspace to suit the user’s needs. Ergonomics aims to increase efficiency and productivity while reducing discomfort.
The goal of Ergonomics may not necessarily help maintain your perfect posture but it can help make your work environment more comfortable and is fitted to your personal use case in order to help reduce discomfort while working long hours.
Most individuals are told to walk, take a break and get some water, or stretch every 30-40 minutes to prevent repetitive injuries and to help prevent neck and lower back pain. However, work can get busy and we forget to perform these simple tasks throughout the day. When trying to meet deadlines and working long hours – the next day or over the next few days, you may notice increased wrist, neck, shoulder or lower back pain.
Take a look at our other blogs on 8 Simple Tips to Get Rid of Headaches Naturally and Want Relief? Low Back Pain Causes and Treatment for more information on managing headaches, neck pain and lower back pain.
To make working from home easier, here are 5 items under $50 to help reduce discomfort:
1. Everlasting Comfort Lumbar Support $35.95
The Everlasting Comfort Lumbar Support can provide a supportive surface for your back to rest against while working long hours. It allows your back muscles to relax, thus, relieving pressure on the lower back. It can be placed behind your neck, middle back or lower back. It is portable and can be used at work or while driving.
No spending hack: Roll up a towel or find a small pillow to place behind your back while sitting for long periods.
2. ErgoActive Keyboard Tray $49.99
The ErgoActive Keyboard tray can fit most desks and tables. If you don’t have an ergonomic chair at home that can adjust, this keyboard tray can help bring the keyboard and mouse down to the more comfortable chair arm-rest height allowing your elbows and shoulders to be in a more relaxed position.
No spending hack: Try raising your chair height. If you can’t raise your seat to a comfortable level, place a small pillow or cushion underneath your buttocks to help elevate your body. This will create a more comfortable position for your elbows while typing.
3. SimpleHouseware Monitor Stand Riser $27.87
The SimpleHouseware Monitor Stand Riser can help reduce neck and eye strain with having a monitor or laptop at an uncomfortably low position causing your chin and head to poke forward. It has an added tray and storage compartments for pens and other stationary. It is a simple and affordable solution to help prevent neck and shoulder pain.
No spending hack: Try lifting your monitor up with a few books or stacks of printer paper. This will prevent your chin and head from being tilted downwards too much.
4. Scriptract Ergonomic Footrest $28.69
The Scriptract Ergonomic Footrest can help relieve lower back pain by providing adequate leg support. It can help support your feet and knees if sitting on a higher chair. This footrest is portable and can be used while working from home, long car rides, or travelling by airplane. Not only can it be used as a footrest but a pillow and lumbar support as well which makes it a wonderful multi-purpose item to have while travelling!
No spending hack: Place a stool, box or a few books underneath your desk for your feet to rest on. This will help support your feet and legs while you work.
5. SZYAN Computer Arm Rest $29.99
The SZYAN Computer Adjustable Arm Rest for Desk can help minimize wrist and shoulder strain by helping you relax the muscles in your neck, shoulders and arm. The arm rest can be adjusted to the desired position. It is portable and simple to install.
No spending hack: Try finding a pillow to put underneath your elbow between your armrest. If your chair does not have armrests, try placing a few pillows on your lap to support your elbows and shoulders while working.
Although Ergonomic devices can assist with promoting physical activity, provide support and help relieve discomfort, it may not be the sole answer to addressing those aches and pains. Consult with a physiotherapist if these solutions don’t help with your pain and discomfort.
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- What is Ergonomics? Humanscale. https://www.humanscale.com/ergonomics/what-is-ergonomics/index.cfm