Corporations have sent their workers home from offices, but in most cases, coveted pieces of ergonomic office furniture — think $1,000 Herman Miller chairs and adjustable standing desks— remain in the emptied spaces, as employees continue to work from home in bed, on couches or sitting hunched in front of dressers and countertops.
The physical consequences of this kind of bad posture include spinal disk issues and back and neck strains. Even non-work activities like longer-than-usual walks and high-intensity workouts are doing more damage to our bodies than we may realize, physical therapists note.
Physical therapists outline some of the most common pandemic-related habits and their physical ramifications. They also offer tips to ease symptoms. Read them here.