Are you getting pain from working from home? Are you reading this from your laptop sitting on the sofa or catching up on emails from your laptop on the kitchen table?
As the majority of people are now working from home, we are seeing large numbers of patients in the clinic with back ache, neck pain, wrist and arm symptoms and other aches and pains which they have noticed over the last few months since working from home.
We can help you get rid of these aches and pains and prevent further problems by assessing your home workstation remotely.
Even small adjustments can make a huge difference to your comfort, and, with it being unclear when we might be returning to offices, it’s important to prevent any unnecessary harm or injury to your body during this time.
Here are 9 desk-based exercises you can try at home.
What is a Video Workstation Assessment?
To enable you to get the right set up for your home working, we can provide video home workstation assessments. We have helped hundreds of people since lockdown to achieve a more comfortable and productive work from home life.
These assessments are carried out via Zoom or Facetime, it is your preference. All we need is a photograph of you sitting at your workstation taken from the side which we can analyse prior our assessment.
Our video homeworking assessments are carried out by experienced workstation assessors who are also experienced musculoskeletal physiotherapists so they have a wealth of knowledge about the body and the effects of posture and lack of movement.
Our Chartered Physiotherapists will watch how you work looking at repetitive movements and posture. They will advise on the best layout of your equipment (screen, keyboard, chair, etc.), answer any queries that you have, provide adjustments to your posture and equipment and share desk-based exercises to keep your body moving. If additional equipment is required they can advise on what is suitable for you.
The assessments are £70 each and include an email summary of our recommendations.
Who are The Physio Company?
We have provided both face to face and online workstation assessments for international banks, law firms, and individuals for many years - and now we want to share our expertise with the large numbers of people currently working from home.
All our assessors are Chartered Physiotherapists who are experts in the treatment of musculoskeletal pain and are ideally placed to help you figure out your home office setup.
- We have provided workstation assessments for over 25 years and our clients include:
- Allen and Overy
- Standard Chartered Bank
- European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
- McDermott Will and Emery
- Seven Investment Management
- BMS group
- Akin Gump Strauss Hauer Feld
- AIA Worldwide
- Air Charter Services
- Amnesty International
- British Airways
- RMPI Railpen
- Squire Patton Boggs
Home workstation assessment testimonials
Dear Amanda, Thank you for your mail and your time on the telephone using Facetime. I found it a very useful exercise and for what it is worth, quite a reassuring one at a time of uncertainty. Even though I am used to working from home, your recommendations were pertinent and I will follow them, but for someone who is just starting and thus perhaps under great pressure as a result, I can imagine how encouraging this support could be. I have thus suggested my colleagues consider contacting you too.Robert Butcher
I found my remote consultation with Tamsin really helpful – as I’m sure many of us are, I’m keen to optimise my “home office” set-up for what’s likely to be an extended period of home working, and it was great to discuss tailored options and tips for my particular space and needs via video link. Following the consultation, I came away with various ideas how to improve my workstation which I can implement myself and with support from my employer. I would absolutely recommend a remote consultation to anyone working from home who is concerned about developing or exacerbating back pain, RSI and similar. Thanks Tamsin!ST
I had a remote workstation assessment with Tamsin earlier this week to cover off not only changing to working from home but doing so while pregnant. She was really helpful guiding me through how to best set up my equipment on my dining table, and I feel as comfortable now at home as I did in the office (where I’d had a workstation assessment in person). My chair, screens, and keyboard set up and placement were all assessed and optimised for all-day use with clear instructions on how to assess them and change if necessary, so I feel confident now that my set up is as good as it can be in this new environment.TW
Hi Tasmin, I want to say a big thanks to you, since my desk assessment I have seen a great improvement! I especially wanted to note how well you were able to assess the situation despite the hurdle of the appointment being virtual. I received the ‘side mouse’ quite quickly and within 24 hours of using it I had much relief from the pain I had been suffering. Late last week I received the chair, which is also an immediate improvement, and I am continuing to settle into my new set-up arrangement with the monitor stand.Allen and Overy client