Working on computer is something which has become totally unavoidable these days, most of us here, use computers for more than 12 hours a day, or even more than that. Researches have proved that several disorders are outcome of long working sessions, inappropriate postures, lack of timely breaks etc.
if you are wondering what this post is doing on a technical blog then here is my idea. Everyday we talk and teach you about doing different things with your computer but the other side where we get stressed of computer also. SO this series of mine will help you how to relax and be aware of things the happens with computer. Lets called as tips on “How to get relaxed of computer stress “.
So back to the topic , Here I am trying to enlist some of the problems computer users often face, and some preventive measures which are handy enough.
Lower Back Pain
One of the most reported problems by computer users, causes can range from wrong type of chairs and desk to wrong sitting postures, like sitting crossed leg for long.
Getting a chair which has backrest of adjustable height can be helpful, try to avoid sitting crossed leg for long.
Generally inappropriate height of the screen/monitor is responsible for this ailment, for preventive measures try keeping the monitor at the height of your eyesight.
Vision discomfort is another major problem faced by many of computer users, constant focusing and glare, leads to vision discomfort.
To prevent this special computer glasses and computer screen filters can be used, apart from this limit the amount of time you continuously use the computer, Check the height and arrangement of the computer, Check for glare on the computer screen, Keep Blinking. More can be read here.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
CTS is a disorder in which the median nerve is compressed at the wrist causing symptoms like tingling, pain, coldness, and sometimes weakness in parts of the hand. Gripping and typing are the main cause of this disorder. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when tendons or ligaments in the wrist become enlarged, often from inflammation. As a preventive measure rotating the wrist after short intervals is very helpful. Bend the fingers at knuckles, and hold for around five seconds, and repeat.
Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS)
TOS consists of a group of distinct disorders that affect the nerves in the brachial plexus (nerves that pass into the arms from the neck) and various nerves and blood vessels between the base of the neck and axilla (armpit). Pain is the most common symptom of TOS, and often occurs with tenderness. Paresthesias (an abnormal burning or prickling sensation generally felt in the hands, arms, legs, or feet), sensory loss, and weakness also occur.
Short and long pauses and resting during your workday is helpful to prevent TOS. Exercises for neck, back, hands during long pauses also work as prevention.
Also known as “washerwoman’s sprain” or “De Quervain’s Disease”, is an inflammation of the sheath or tunnel that surrounds two tendons that control movement of the thumb. It is caused by the repetitive motion of the thumb constantly being required to move up and down usually associated with using a computer keyboard or typewriter.
This usually causes pain and swelling over the thumb side of the wrist, possibly numbness on the back of the thumb, and difficulty gripping. However exercises of hand and fingers are helpful, also taking breaks and rest during the hectic work schedule helps a lot.
Occupational Overuse Syndrome
Numerous human body disorders such as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Tennis Elbow, Housemaid’s knee, Repetitive Strain Injury are now classed as occupational overuse syndrome.
So after having a quick introduction of these disorders, we can say that most of these can be prevented by
- Regular Exercises
- Taking proper breaks and pause
- Proper sitting arrangements and postures.
So now make it a habit to add a light work out in your schedule, also take care of the postures and make it a point to take proper breaks and following some simple stretching exercises even while at work. You can also visit different websites to know more about the disorders stated above, this post is not sufficient enough to get the preventive measures.
Do tell us whats the effect on your body when you work in long hours on your computer ? Does any of these happens and what you do to relax out of it. Next post I will come out with some small and quick exrcies tips.
PS: For collecting these resources we have scanned lot of sites. In the coming series we will talk about a software which can also help you out. Keep reading and suggesting.