What is Office Syndrome?
Office Syndrome refers to a group of various symptoms including tightness and pain of neck, shoulders, and back muscles. It develops as a result of repetitive muscle strain during long periods of sitting. Office syndrome can be harmful to your spinal health.
What causes Office Syndrome?
- Prolonged sitting
- Bad Posture
- Mouse arm overuse
- Muscular overuse/imbalances due to prolonged use
It can commonly result in:
- Chronic Headaches – Long periods of time spent at your desk, puts strain on your neck , back and eyes. This leads to increased tension in local muscles and joints, resulting in headaches.
- Back Pain – a static position puts pressure and strain on the back, shoulders, arm and legs. It effects back muscles and spinal discs
- Poor posture – the more time you spend at the computer the more your body may mould or adapt to this.
- Stress – this can also be increased by prolonged sitting
- High Blood Pressure – if you’re stressed at work, the body releases many hormones that increase your heart rate, constricting blood to the arteries resulting in elevated blood pressure
Some common symptoms of Office Syndrome:
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Back pain and stiffness
- Wrist Numbness – carpal tunnel and or thoracic outlet syndrome
How to Avoid Office Syndrome
Improve Your Posture
- Remember to keep feet flat on the floor and don not cross your ankles or knees.
- Arms should be relaxed by your side and elbows at 90-110 degrees
- Shoulders and neck in a neutral position
- Make a conscious effort to take mini breaks, every 30 minutes.
- Stretch regularly. Ask Aidan and Lucinda for some daily stretches
- Try taking a walk during lunch or at the end of a busy day. Aim for 60 minutes exercise a day. Just walking is beneficial for overall spinal health and well-being
Good Ergonomics at work
- Take advantage of a standing desk, if you have the opportunity
- Standing helps maintain an upright posture
- To help prevent tilting of hips to one side, place a footrest underneath the desk and alternate each foot resting on it
See a Chiro
Chiropractors are highly qualified health care professionals, who can offer advice and assistance with appropriate lifestyle choices, reducing the risk of spinal issues. Chiropractic care is a drug free alternative to alleviating back pain.
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