Harms in Using Computers and What to Do About It

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Based on a recent study by market research group Nielsen, American adults spend more than 11 hours per day in computer watching, reading, listening or simply interacting with media.

If this is the average time spent on a regular adult individual, how much more if this is your bread and butter. 

So, let’s try to look at the possible work-related injuries due to excessive screen time: 

  1. Eye 

Symptoms such as eye fatigue, dryness, irritation, blurry vision, headaches, eye strain, and discomfort can be caused by radiation from the computer screen and exposure to blue light.

      2. Neck 

The faulty posture called “Forward Head Posture” in layman’s term is the “Reading Neck”, where the head is positioned in front of the body. Our neck muscles are forced to adapt in the faulty position which can result in muscle spasm and worst, nerve problem which can cause numbness or tingling sensation radiating to the arm and hands.

      3. Back

The slouch position or any faulty position may leave our back at risk. Anatomically speaking, the neck and back are connected through the spine with the nerves inside and the muscle outside for stabilization. Therefore, when the neck starts to feel any discomfort or pain, the mid and lower back will follow with the same symptoms while the numbness and tingling sensation will radiate to the legs and feet.

      4. Wrist and Hand

Nowadays, the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is commonly heard because it is commonly felt. Its signs and symptoms include numbness, tingling sensation, and pain in the thumb and first three fingers of the hand; pain and burning sensation that radiates up the arm, wrist pain at night and eventually weakness of hand muscles.

What can we do about it? 

  1. Try to make your work-station ergonomically friendly.  
  2. Rest periods in between just like your bladder break.
  3. Walk around your work station.
  4. Do some home exercise for the neck, shoulders, arms, wrist, and hand, back, and legs. There a lot of exercises that can found on google and youtube. Make it a habit.
  5. Consult your doctor if you feel that the signs and symptoms are persistent or getting worst which hinders your productivity.

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