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Working W
from
home?

orking from home provides
convenience but also challenges when the environment isn't
ergonomically sound. Here are
some suggestions to help ensure comfort
and prevent pain.

HOW TO ADJUST YOUR HOME
WORKSTATION FOR COMFORT
USING ERGONOMIC PRINCIPLES
LORA S. REGAN, MD,
MPH, FACOEM

Medical Director, Occupational
Medicine and Corporate
Wellness, Penn Medicine
Lancaster General Health

For optimal positioning of the head,
neck and upper extremities, you should be
able to keep your elbows at the side of the
body, flexed to approximately 90 degrees.
Adjust the height of the chair or desk/
table if needed. If more than one chair/
desk option is available, try to find the
best combination for your elbow height.
Under-mounted keyboard trays are often
used in the workplace and can be purchased
for home use. However, they need to be
permanently mounted, and you may not
want this accessory attached to your dining
room table indefinitely. If all table options
are too high, and use of a keyboard tray is
not an option, you can raise the height of
your elbows using a higher chair, sitting on
an extra cushion, or use risers for your chair.
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