The internet has become one of the main portals for paying bills, working, communicating, dating, socializing, gaming, educating, entertaining and the list goes on. The intentional, unintentional or necessary habit developed overtime can lead to several ailments, some being life threatening, hence making it a very dangerous practice.
Some physical risk factors include repetition and posture, forceful exertions, soft tissue compact pressure and vibrations. Overtime these factors can lead to musculoskeletal disorder (MSD’s) which are caused by gradual and repeated exposure to workplace risk factors. Sciatica, tendonitis, myositis, cubital tunnel syndrome and carpal tunnel syndrome can all be of a direct result of overdoing it or adding too much strain on targeted areas of the body. Some signs and symptoms are as follows.
- Muscle fatigue
- Chronic pain – burning, throbbing, aching
- Difficulty writing and holding a pen
- Loss of strength – difficulty opening jars, turning faucets
- Cold hands – hands that fall asleep
- Tingling, numbness or lost of sensation
- A feeling of heaviness in hands and arms
- Decreased range in motion
Please visit a doctor once any of these signs and symptoms is being experienced. There are measures that can be taken to prevent and assist in making life easier. Even if it’s at your home office, your aim should be to obtain a comfortable stress free environment.
Invest in an ergonomic desk, chair and keyboard.
Standing desk is another great incorporation to your space to escape from sitting for hours on end.
Protect your eyes with an anti-glare screen or anti-glare glasses.
Take frequent breaks and do some stretching and walking.
Pay attention to snacking habits. Swap unhealthy snacks for fruits, nuts, seeds and protein bars if necessary.
Drink as much water as possible. While it has become necessary to be on the computer for long periods of time make it a top priority to take care of your health in the process. Today is good day to invest in your health.