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Amid Covid-19, WFM hurting back and neck; people seek medical help

Employees of several corporate firms and industrial bodies have been working from home for nearly six months now since the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country.

With work from home becoming the new normal amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have started complaining of neck pain and backache while working for long hours and are seeking help from physiotherapists.

Health experts say this is due to improper sitting postures and people need to follow good ergonomics and working habits at home.

Employees of several corporate firms and industrial bodies have been working from home for nearly six months now since the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country.

Initially, work from home system brought cheers among employees. But, due to long working hours and improper sitting posture, many have started complaining of neck pain, backache, and other issues, Dr Apurv Shimpi, head of the community physiotherapy department in Pune’s Sancheti Hospital told PTI.

He said the National Institute of Personnel Management’s (NIPM) Pune Chapter, a body of HR professionals here in Maharashtra, approached the hospital to conduct, physiotherapy sessions for their associate members.

Over 700 people took part in the recent session where they were given tips on work from home ergonomics, he said.

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