By the time you turn 40, your body has gone through and is going through a fair amount of wear and tear. Thus, it makes you all the more vulnerable to any professional risk. If you are pursuing a career in IT, you might want to know what issues might arise and what you could do to prevent them from occurring.
Health Issues Computer Users Should Be Aware Of
Here are five of the most common problems a PC user can face:
1) Eye fatigue
Cause: Staring at the dazzling screen and non-stop writing for hours, day after day, puts a strain on the eyes. The lens and eye muscles stay stuck in the same position for a long time and thus get tired. They subsequently weaken and are unable to perform contraction and relaxation to the extent required, which is necessary to adjust the lens of the eye in order to see an object at a near or far distance. Vision is impaired.
Symptoms: Headache, eye pain, watery eyes.
- Keep monitor two feet away
- Take frequent breaks and focus on a distant object. This will release the lens and muscles from their locked positions and prevent tension.
- Keep a cotton ball soaked in raw (not boiled) milk over your eyes before going to bed at night. Squeeze them a little to prevent them from dripping. Let them spend the night. do this at least once a week
- Rub your palms until warm and place them over the eyes until warmth is felt on the eyes. Rotate the eyes gradually clockwise several times, then in the same way counterclockwise. Repeat 2-3 times a day. This will exercise the eye muscles and make them stronger.
- Take vitamins A and C regularly from natural sources such as fruits and vegetables, meat and fish.
- Use tinted goggles to protect your eyes from monitor glare
- Force yourself to relax your eyes by using Eyes Relax.
2) Cervical spondylosis and lumbar spondylosis
Cause: Although you may know that good posture is important, you tend to forget it when you sit in front of the computer for hours every day. You don’t hold your neck in this neutral position and you don’t sit up straight, which results in you tending to adopt a more comfortable position, slouching or leaning back. The neck and back muscles are then held in this unwanted position, for long periods of time, every day. They become tense and subsequently weaken over time. As a result, they are unable to perform their function of keeping the vertebrae (bones of the spine) upright as they should. A particular vertebra slips and the space between the two adjacent vertebrae is reduced. There is pressure on the intervertebral disc which is present between two vertebrae. It begins to erode over time and the nerves coming out of the intervertebral space are squeezed by the slipped vertebra. Symptoms appear and it can be crippling if not managed in time.
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Symptoms: Cervical spondylosis – Neck and shoulder pain, Headaches, Tingling and numbness in one or both hands, Stiffness in neck and shoulder muscles. Lumbar spondylosis – Lower back pain, tingling and numbness in one or both lower limbs, inability to bend and stand or sit for a long time due to pain. In advanced stages, there is a sharp shooting tip in the lower limb(s).
Remedy: Your doctor may advise you to rest until the pain subsides. This could be followed by a lifetime neck or back strengthening regimen. Good posture will become mandatory and he may advise you to wear the lumbo sacred belt when you sit at your workstation to prevent you from slipping into this bad posture. In advanced cases, traction becomes necessary and a cervical collar or a lumbo the Sacred Sash (if applicable) must be worn at all times. In severe cases, surgery becomes necessary. See how to sit in front of the computer.
Prevention: Keep the monitor at eye level, Maintain good neck and back posture, exercise daily, especially to keep back and neck muscles strong. Yoga exercises will be very helpful.
3) Carpal tunnel syndrome:
Cause: Due to the constant manipulation of the mouse and constant hammering on the keyboard, the carpal ligament in the wrist becomes inflamed and edematous. As a result, it presses on the median nerve passing below through the carpal tunnel, which is formed by the carpal bones on three sides and the carpal ligament on one side.
Symptoms: Pain, stiffness, pain and burning sensation in the forearm, palm and finger, tingling, numbness and loss of strength in the affected hand. The pain may be referred to the shoulder.
Remedy: This is best left to your doctor as there may be other underlying causes (such as rheumatoid arthritis, obesity, pregnancy, menopause and endocrine disorders such as acromegaly and hypothyroidism), which may require treatment.
Prevention: The posture should be such that the forearms and wrists are parallel to the thighs. Hold the mouse lightly and learn to operate it with both hands to avoid pressure on one hand. get in the habit of also using the other hand to manipulate the mouse, take frequent breaks – even if they only last 2 minutes! Rave of work can definitely help you! Go here for images and some additional details on Carpal tunnel syndrome !
4) Mental Stress:
Cause: This happens due to the long hours and overtime in front of the computer to achieve these goals and incentives. Due to this work pressure, there is enormous tension at work every day, coupled with a feeling of loneliness. In people with a low stress threshold, this tension quickly turns into stress, and the stress turns over time into depression.
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Remedy and prevention: Try to socialize at work during breaks and talk to friends and family. Try to keep your social life as it was before. If necessary, call in a professional if you feel that stress is eating away at you.
5) Indigestion and weight gain:
Cause: This is the result of physical inactivity due to long hours of work. In women, at this age, there is an additional cause of menopause.
Prevention: A nutritious diet low in fat and high in fiber should be adhered to. 30 minutes of exercise a day to keep your bowels active and burn your calories.
By the time you hit 50, two-thirds will have vision, hearing, scoliosis or dexterity impairments that will impact our computer use.
This guide from Microsoft may be of interest to More than 50 people!
This guide to healthy computing from Microsoft is designed to help you be more comfortable and productive when using your computer. It can also help reduce your risk of suffering the painful and debilitating injuries or conditions described in the following health warning.
When using a computer, as with many activities, you may experience occasional discomfort in your hands, arms, shoulders, neck, or other parts of your body. However, if you experience symptoms such as persistent or recurring discomfort, aches, twinges, aches, tingling, numbness, burning sensation or stiffness, DO NOT IGNORE THESE WARNING SIGNS. PROMPTLY CONSULT A QUALIFIED HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL, even if symptoms occur when you are not working at your computer. Such symptoms may be associated with painful and sometimes disabling permanent injuries or disorders of nerves, muscles, tendons or other parts of the body. These musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) include carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, tenosynovitis, and other conditions.
For example, to minimize eye strain, try the following:
- Position your monitor about an arm’s length away from you when you are comfortably seated in front of it.
- Avoid glare by placing your monitor away from light sources that produce glare or use window shades to control light levels.
- Remember to clean your screen. If you wear glasses, clean them too.
- Adjust the brightness and contrast of your monitor.
- Adjust the faceplate sizes on the screen to make viewing more comfortable for you, if your computer program has this feature.
Not 40 yet? Well, it concerns you too! Instill good posture and healthy computing habits today, as they will go a long way in the future. After all, you too will turn 40 one day, you know!
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