In response to COVID-19, we’ve seen a rapid and massive shift to working and learning at home.
Whether or not you’re used to learning online and working at home — and regardless of your space limitations — it’s important to create a study environment that’s comfortable and not distracting.
“Ergonomics are incredibly important,” Dr. Janice Lwin, the American Career College physical therapy program director and 2019 ABHES Master Teacher of the Year, explained. “As a practicing physical therapist for 17 years, I’ve learned that many dysfunctions in the body — including carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, low back pain and tennis elbow — are the result of poor ergonomics and posture. It’s more than just sitting up straight. You need to strengthen core muscles to help you maintain good posture."
Dr. Rachelle Murphy, the occupational therapy assistant program director at ACC-Orange County, who holds a master’s in occupational therapy and a doctorate in health, offers some do's and don’ts for creating an ergonomic home study space.
“It all comes down to this: Don’t do anything that’s uncomfortable,” Lwin said. "I can’t stress enough how important it is to exercise daily and keep moving throughout the day — even if it’s 10 minutes of walking around or doing some simple sit-ups, push-ups and squats. The more you get your blood flowing and muscles working in different ways, the healthier and more alert you’ll be, not to mention more productive.”
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