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Crunching the numbers: how many are In pain from working at home?

We’ve known for a while that the coronavirus pandemic is making millions of office workers uncomfortable. Few had proper home offices set up when their office buildings closed. Working in a makeshift environment – the kitchen table, sofa or even from bed – is putting all kinds of strain on the body.  

Thanks to a recent insurance study, we have a better idea of how widespread the problem is. Although the study was completed in England, it’s reasonable to expect comparable numbers in the U.S., since our economies are similarly white-collar dominant. And it isn’t limited to working adults; home-schooling kids are also at risk.

Some highlights:

  • Nearly two-thirds are in pain from working from home;
  • Workers and students have reported injuries to the back, neck, hips, knees, wrists and other areas;
  • 18 percent are working from a sofa or armchair, 17 percent from a dining or kitchen chair, 12 percent from bed and – here’s a surprise – 5 percent from a beanbag chair. We thought those went out with Disco!

See the summary results.

If you’re among those feeling the pinch, check out Dr. Trisha’s post on stretching to counter the effects of working from home. Or make an appointment with one of our expert chiropractors who will get you feeling better and help you modify your setup to prevent more problems in the future.

Yours in good health,

–Dr. Mark