Have you heard ever of “computer syndrome”? It is a disorder that affects people who spend long hours in front of the PC, either working, studying, playing or doing any other activity. Many doctors warn about this problem, including are proven to maintain this position for five consecutive years bring very serious consequences for our health. Learn a little more about this in the next article.
What to know about the “Computer Syndrome”?
Those who do not come off your PC for hours and are in the same position from Monday to Friday from 9-18, eleven months a year, may suffer chronic diseases that are not always so easily cured. Syndrome computer or computer is the set of symptoms, aches or pains that characterize a person who works or studies with prolonged PC and indiscriminately.
Among the most common symptoms are: back pain, ocular dryness, palm or wrist tendinitis, vision problems, contractures, obesity, fluid retention and neck pain. It is proven that office workers are more prone to these problems and injuries can cause severe disorders like ADHD.
Spending more than six hours daily in front of the PC is not good for health. However, more and more jobs this is the frequent and employees are not only screen in front, but in uncomfortable desks, unable to movelegs , stretch, or perform any minimum movement.
The most prone areas are the back, eyes, neck, hands and spine. It is necessary that you take breaks, you get up from the seat, walk a little, close your eyes, you use refreshing drops, the most important care.
Pain in back and spine with the use of PC
If you work at your computer and your chair is not ergonomic posture that will keep the whole day will be incorrect. This eventually will cause some changes in your spine. Low or small desktop monitors below the eye line and little desk space cause problems on the back and spine. This causes muscle tension (contractures), backaches and headaches in the front of the head as well as a stand “bent” or “curved” forward it stays in other activities.
To avoid this problem it is advisable:
- Use an adjustable chair whose back is high enough to cover the entire back
- Change position every fifteen minutes
- To stretch every hour or two and relax by breathing techniques
- Place the monitor at eye level
- Investing in an ergonomic chair that suits body movements
- Keep your spine straight, relaxed head and shoulders straight
- Get away from the PC by frequent intervals
- Move systematically monitor view
- Standing and exercise as rotating the torso or rotate the neck
- Move your ankles in circles
- Adapt the furniture according to body postures and care, opting for healthier for our bodies.
Aches and pains in the eyes for PC
The effects of being at the computer for long hours are:
- Blurred or double vision
- Dry or irritated eyes
- Sensitivity to light, eye pain or irritability
- Spasms in the focusing system
- Visual defects and decreased ability of sight (experts indicate that, while not generating myopia or astigmatism, helps trigger them).
The recommendations to avoid these problems are:
- Use artificial tears every hour to prevent eye dryness
- Blinking more than usual to moisturize the eyes
- Place the monitor perpendicular to light or windows
- Avoid the reflection by light or other object
- Close your eyes to rest one minute per hour
- Gaze at a distant object (as can be looking out the window of the building opposite)
- Respect the distance between the face and the monitor, between 40 and 70 cm
- Use anti reflexes to block radiation from the screen and reduce eyestrain filters.
- Reduce the intensity of light and brightness of the monitor.
Aches and pains in wrists and hands for computer use
The intensive use of the mouse can cause tendinitis in the wrist and pain in the joint of the fingers. They also increase the chances of developing thesyndrome carpal tunnel , ie an inflammation of the nerves in the wrist due to incorrect movements. Due to this disorder, are presented: pain, burning, numbness, discomfort, numbness in the palm of the hand, wrist or fingers.
Recommendations to prevent this from becoming a problem are:
- Remove hands from the keyboard or the mouse to relax them and stretch muscles, preventing numbness
- Use the mouse pad that allows resting the wrist
- Choosing an ergonomic mouse model to fit the shape of the hand
- The mouse always at the elbow
- Having an ergonomic keyboard that allows resting your wrists and avoid pain by typing and writing with his hands on the keyboard, in order to extend your wrists.
Aches and pains in the legs by using the PC
Being at the computer many hours during the day promotes a sedentary lifestyle and therefore, certain ailments and complications such as fluid retention and obesity. In turn, there is more risk of blood clots in veins andvaricose veins in the legs, two very related to lack of exercise and lower limb movement disorders. No stretch your legs during working hours is a big problem. Venous insufficiency is also common.
Tips to prevent this from happening:
- Stay with legs stretched as possible
- Change positions every time
- Tighten hard fingers of feet and lift them
- Raise your heels and toes support
- Perform push up and down the foot
- Contract the muscles of the buttocks, legs and thighs
- Do not cross your legs
- Leaving your seat every hour and walk for two minutes.