Computers Hazardous To Your Health, Really?

Computer related injuries are on the rise, according to researchers.

Computer-related eye problems are not uncommon. not only creating eye strain but pain. Working on a computer is more challenging than reading a book.

If you are nearsighted or have astigmatism, studies have shown that computer injuries to the eye also occur more frequently. Since eye muscle flexibility diminishes after age 40, computer eye problems are even more prevalent during the aging process.

The following are just a few of the symptoms that excess computer use can create:

  • Blurred vision
  • Double vision
  • Dry, red eyes
  • Eye irritation
  • Headaches

Some studies suggest that computer gaming in children and young adults can cause brain damage and create behavior disorders, especially violent games. The American Association of Pediatrics recommends that parents permit their kids only one to two hours of “screen time” per day—a limit that includes television, movies, video games and Internet.

If you are on a computer as part of your job and work six to eight hours, you need to break every 45 minutes to an hour, to walk and take your eyes off the screen.

Re-focus your vision to faraway objects for at least 30 seconds to a minute.

According to the American Journal of Pain Management, poor posture can cause breathing difficulty, hormonal production, headaches, low moods and blood pressure issues. Slouching may feel comfortable, but unfortunately what feels comfortable is not always beneficial to our health. Carpal tunnel, arm pain, sciatica, and clenching of the jaw is the result of poor posture and the list goes on. Spinal degeneration and arthritis is painful and once these symptoms develop over years of slouching, the damage is not reversible.

Rehab Specialist/Wellness Coordinator at Korwitts Chiropractic Center, describes how initial and some advanced stages of poor posture can be corrected. He advises chiropractic and massage therapy along with daily exercises sometimes repeating them several times a day even when you feel good. He also talks about spending 40 hours a week in a work environment that is not conducive to good posture and how proper positioning of your computer and desk can greatly improve function.

  • Everything starts from the height of the desk
  • Raise/lower your chair according to the angle of your elbows
  • Elbow angle should be 90-100 degrees
  • Raise your monitor so your eyes are at the center of the monitor

Unhealthy habits will create long-term illness. Spinal and vision problems can not only affect your work performance but your paycheck. Take the time now to improve how you use a computer to avoid health problems down the road.

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