Incorrect posture

The effects of office work on health

Compared to other types of jobs more “ physiques”, which require strength and physical prowess,office workmay seem less tiring. However, even spending several hours at a desk couldcause various problems, especially if these are activities carried out on a daily basis.

Postura scorretta

Working several hours at a desk often causesbad posture, both of the back, neck and head.

This causes various symptoms, such aslumbar back pain, stiff neck, sciatica (pain in the leg and buttock), but also headache , migraine and dizziness. To avoid all these problems, it is essential to sit with your legs bent at 90° and with your feet firmly on the ground.

You also need toadjust the height of the backrest from the chair, in order tosupport the lumbar area, and tilt the pc screen if necessary. In fact, moving the neck towards the screen is one of the main causes of pain, therefore it is always better to approach or adjust the PC and not one's posture.

Also, avoid crossing your legs and usesoft palm rests to support your arms while using the mouse and keyboard.

Sedentary lifestyle

A sedentary lifestyle is connected to various problems, the so-called"diseases of the modern world": obesity, diabetes, but also neurodegenerative diseases, heart attacks and strokes.

They are, in fact, increased by the scarcity of movement during the day. Office workers, in fact, spend several hours sitting, without moving except for very short distances, however, they get tired all the same. Fatigue is mostly mental, but in the same way, at the end of working hours one feels fatigued.

This spills over into your daily routine: you are rarely able to performphysical activity after several hours in the office. Therefore, a useful tip could be to take breaks during working hours, and dedicate oneself tosome walks, if possible outside, otherwise inside interior of the building.

In fact, movement helps restore the functioning of neurotransmitters, which allowto concentrate better also on what one is doing.

Eye problems

Excessive use of the computer for several hours a day causes eye problems. These disturbances are indicated with the acronym CVS, which meansComputer Vision Syndrome.

In fact, the dazzling light, the reflections, the poor definition and the contrast, make reading of the screen more complicated than that on a paper medium.

Therefore, straining the eyes causesheadaches, eye dryness and irritation, blurry vision and in addition could increase existing pathologies. Theadvice to avoid these problems are simple: you need to position the PC screen so that the center is a few cm below eye level, at least 70 cm from the face , and it is also necessaryto adequately illuminate the room, using natural light as much as possible.

Don't forget to blink frequently andrest your eyes at least every two hours, taking your eyes off your PC. It could also be useful to usea pair of anti-blue light glasses, or special glasses with lenses capable of rejecting the blue-violet rays coming from electronic devices.

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