POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - With more and more people working from home, some may find it hard to set up a functional work-space outside the office. Now, one Idaho State University professor is helping students and staff work more efficiently and comfortably in a new environment.
Occupational Program Director, Ted Peterson is sharing his insight on ways you can work in the most ergonomically sound way as possible to avoid fatigue and neck and shoulder strain.
“When you’re talking about your neck, you’re really talking about your head and shoulder position. Those are the joints where the muscles cross your neck,” Peterson said.
You want to make sure your computer is eye-level and your feet are firmly on the ground.
“Straight forward is the best position. Your shoulders should be down in a nice relaxed position.”
If possible, consider purchasing a wireless keyboard. In the meantime, dedicate some time to getting up, walking, and stretching every few hours. However, Peterson says the main takeaway is to make sure you’re comfortable and not straining any part on your body.
“It is a matter of looking at each joint in your body and trying to find a position where all of those joints are in a nice neutral position at the same time.”