The Dark Side Of Your Desk Job

A lot has changed with our habits and lifestyles in the past twenty years. As yet, we have no real way to know how that will impact our health. Our screen-time is through the roof. Plus, the majority of us now spend much of the day hunched in front of computers. And, while office work has never been fantastic for health, the risks are now even more extreme. Especially given that we often get on the computer as soon as we go home, too.

In some countries, active steps have been taken to address health issues in the office. In China, it isn’t unusual for offices to adopt workplace exercise routines. But, given that conclusive evidence of office-work related injuries has yet to emerge, many employers are happy to ignore the possibility. Far from starting the day with a dance routine, most us have to beg a break to pop to the toilet.

Some health issues are already coming to the forefront, though. We’re going to take a look at them and suggest the ways you can stop each happening to you.

Musculoskeletal problems

As confusing as this sounds, it merely refers to issues with muscles and posture. Sitting in the same position for hours can cause various issues for your muscles. This is especially making itself known through lower-back problems. One study revealed that 54% of those seeking medical help for back pain worked in desk jobs. If you’re suffering from job-related pain, remember that the issue can only get worse without help. Treatments like the stem-cell therapy offered by Spine Institute Northwest could make a huge difference, but you won’t know unless you go out there and seek them. It’s also essential to improve posture at work. Make sure to adjust your chair so that you sit straight. Try, too, to stand for at least ten minutes every hour.

Repetitive strain

Never before have we been so open to repetitive strain issues. Our fingers, especially, are at increased risk of injury. In some cases, problems like bursitis in the hands can even lead to crippling conditions such as carpal tunnel. If left untreated, conditions like these can result in severe issues like arthritis. And, that’s not all. Screen time can also cause repetitive strain in the neck and shoulders. To reduce the risks, take some time to focus on your typing position. Experts recommend a ‘neutral position’. Make sure not to collapse into your thumbs or little fingers. And, of course, short breaks make a huge difference.



Vision problems

This increased screen-time can also lead to a multitude of vision problems. In extreme cases, these can cause severe headaches. In some cases, this can even lead to a problem called ‘computer vision syndrome’. Obviously, this isn’t an easy thing to get away from. But, you can take steps to reduce the risk. Turning down computer brightness will make a huge difference. Make sure, too, to avoid staring too long without blinking. Dry eyes can lead to significant issues.

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