Currently, in the U.S. there are roughly 12.2 million people who work in the tech industry in well over 585,000 companies. Since the beginning of COVID-19, in early 2020, many corporate jobs and businesses have shifted to a remote or hybrid work environment. Working from home became the new normal. From 2019 to 2021, the number of employees working from home, including part time, tripled from 5.7% to 17.9%, which is around 27.6 million people. Studies have shown that 47% of businesses noticed increased productivity levels among employees who work remotely. 78% of CEOs agreed to continue remote work once they realized that employee productivity increased and workspace costs decreased. Due to the wonderful years of COVID, remote and hybrid work is here to stay. Whether you “believe in COVID” or not, the COVID-19 pandemic affected many lives and work environments. Of course, there are some pros and cons. Some love the flexibility that remote work grants them, while others suffer mentally and physically from being out-of-office. Some would choose flexibility at the cost of losing social interaction or even at the risk of gaining physical conditions due to the at-home work environment. Now, you’re probably wondering, “Why is she mentioning COVID related stats? I thought this was an article on back health?”. Well, ask yourself, at what cost would you allow yourself to be put in such environments or at what cost would you allow your work environment to affect your back health? What if I told you, working in tech does NOT have to limit your back health?
That’s right. Working from home does not have to limit your back health. I know it can be difficult to agree or believe that, but it is just too easy to allow our work to affect our physical well being. Now, I am not here and did not choose this career to be the posture police. Having “good” posture is important to an extent but it is not the answer to everything. Trust me, I am sure my posture is not the best as I am writing this. But, don’t get me wrong. I do keep myself accountable when it comes to it. Yet, I have become aware of the moments where I get too comfortable when I am focused on a project or work related tasks. So, I am guilty of it as well. I can imagine how easy it is for people who are involved with remote and hybrid work to fall into comfortable habits that can potentially put your body’s health at risk. I get it. No, my career does not allow me to sit around on the couch or in bed during work, but I had my moments where I fell for the easier route during my years in chiropractic college. During those years, there was a moment where I realized I have to make better choices for my own back health. I am sure you can find a lot of great information online on back health, whether that is through searching on the web or opening up any social media app. However, if you are still interested..
Here are three main points on how working in tech does NOT limit your back health:
1. Work Environment: How to get away from becoming a couch potato:
2. Breaks: How taking breaks throughout your work day mitigates the limitations of your back health
3. Daily activity: Let's do better!
Take these points from clinical experience. These main points are for you to decide to commit to three simple daily choices that will not cost your back health. Working in tech does NOT have to limit your back health. You, yourself, are putting those limitations on your back health through the choices you make each day. Ask yourself, what can I improve on throughout my work days for my back health? If you are committed to improving your back health and would like to learn more, check out the “The 9 Quick Ways to End Low Back Pain Now.”