Your work-from-home set up could be ruining your health

Physical therapist says remote work is causing physical pain for many employees

ST. LOUIS, MO (KMOX) - Months into the pandemic, working from home may have become a real pain.

"All the tightness that they have in their muscles, in their upper body and their lower body, and they can't stand up fully and they're all hunched over and they have different pains," Matt Peale is a Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist and author of Athlete in the Game of Life.

Many workers probably didn't imagine their temporary home offices would still be in use months later.

"People are sitting on a folding chair at your dining room table or at a desk for now more hours at a time because you're connected," explains Peale. "There's no, let me get up and go to a meeting, let me get up and go to lunch, let me get up and do something else besides now sit and be plugged into my device now all the time."

Peale says it's important to stand up and move around at least once an hour. He recommends simple stretching and strengthening exercises.

One of those is a glute bridge, "where you lay on your back your feet flat on the floor, knees at an angle like you're going to do a sit up and just push and extend your hips into the air as high as you can. That stretches your hip flexors, strengthens your hamstrings, and you don't need a gym, you don't need any weights, you can do it with one leg or two legs. On a daily basis that can begin to help with your posture, help reduce your low back pain."

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