Desk job are the norm of the day, especially when it comes to the service sector. They come with their own set of perks and benefits making them one of the most lucrative opportunities in the market. No one denies the fact that for many desk jobs save you from the troubles of travelling and other hardships but on the contrary, desk job also come alone with its own demerits.
Considering the fact that office is looked upon as a second home because it is the place where you spend more time in comparison to your home, you need to pay extra attention to the health risks that are associated with the desk job. Instead of carrying medicine and pills to cure yourself, carry health supplements that can boost your immunity and refrain you from getting susceptible to desk job health risks.
So before your desk job kills you, take note of these symptoms and save yourself from the risk of succumbing to them:
In the era of technology, the corporate set up has become a part of paperless economy. This means that on an average, an employee spends 8-10 hours staring at the computer and mobile screen. Needless to say that computers have simplified our lives and made working easy but it has indeed affected our vision too. Keeping in constant touch with computer makes the eyes feel blurry and being one of the most sensitive sense organ, it affects our daily routine too. When you experience too-watery or too-dry eyes, often complain of headache or a sore neck, do not ignore these symptoms. They could be indications of eyestrain and take immediate action to make your eye feel at ease.
How to save yourself: As an initial action plan, make sure that your desktop/laptop screen is at an arm length distance away from your eyes. Further, after every 15-20 minutes take a break of five minutes and look away from computer screen. Do not stare at the mobile or computer screen for longer duration. This will relax your eye muscles and you won’t experience dry or watery eyes. Increase the ‘font size’ of your word document because shirking eyes to read the text can strain your eyes to a high degree. Adjust the brightness and contrast of your computer screen and optimise it in a way that it doesn’t harm your eyes. Go out in the day light during lunch or tea time to relax your eyes and get fresh air to breathe.
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Sitting at length for longer durations can be dangerous for your health and especially for your lower back. While commuting to work, if your feel that standing for a while makes you go weak in the back then it is time that you consider the issue of your back pain seriously. As per the office sitting ergonomics, you must avoid sitting for long hours because this will spoil your tempo and make you prone to slouching, obesity, heart disease and other related disorders as well. While working, usually a person tends to forget that our body needs rest and ignores moving around due to creeping laziness. This is the primary cause of lower-back pain and issues with the ailing backbone.
How to save yourself: As a matter of fact, the first responsibility is to take care of your sitting posture. Indeed desk-job gets tough on your sitting posture because while working you lose track of time. But when you experience tightening muscles and pain in the back then do get up to roan around for a bit. You can refill your water-bottle. Relieve some of the pressure on your lower back. If possible take a stroll in the morning or evening hours to keep your body in motion. You can even try some yoga poses on regular basis at home for 15-20 minutes to avoid the pain in lower back.
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One of the most common complaints that people with desk job come up with is joint pain. Although this has significantly increased the visits to physiotherapists, but on the contrary, such issues were usually raised by people in their elder age. Now-a-days people in the young age become victims of joint pain. While working, when you will get up from your seat, you will experience locked joints or cracking sound in the joints. Some people suffer from flexes in hip joints. Others talk about knee joint pain and ankle pain. Taking a closer look at the lifestyle being followed by working professionals, joint pain is due to negligence in the way you deal with your body.
How to save yourself: For a healthy office life, it is best to walk around after every 45 minutes. This will save you from the risk of hip flexing and sore in the joints. Regular intervals will also help loosen joint pain in the long run.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is caused by a pinched nerve in your wrist. A number of factors have been associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. However this problem is often seen in the working professionals engaged in desk jobs. With consistent use of ‘mouse’ and holding it for longer hours makes the nerve on the palm side of your thumb and fingers go numb. If you feel tingling, numbness, itching or even sharp pain through the forearm then do not ignore it. It might be the early symptoms of CTS. Ignorance at this stage may further worsen your injury and case sheer pain.
How to save yourself: It is recommended that if you encounter symptoms of CTS then do consult doctor and keep a cushy wrist pad with you at your desk. This will put your wrist to rest and make sure that you get a comfortable mouse pad near your keyboard. A careful preventative measure will save you from the pain of getting acupuncture, drugs or even surgery. We also recommend that you get into the habit of stretching and flexing your wrist to ease it after a few hours at work on regular basis.
Take a look at basic exercises that you can bring in your daily routine to avoid the risk of CTS
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These were a few health risks which working professionals engaged in the desk job often complain about. There are many more other risks that can cause worry in your life. We hope that if you experience any of these symptoms then do not ignore them. Do consult a general health physician and take extra precautions. Let your work become a purpose of your life not the cause of worry.