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Too much time in front of your Computer?

Ergonomics is by definition “the study of people’s efficiency in their working environment”, and in the last few years has progressed quite largely. What it means to you and I is how much time we spend sitting in front of a computer, how we are sitting in front of the computer and how closely we are sitting to the screen. I know you are thinking that the results of too much time in front of the computer are not that bad, but over prolonged periods of time they can pose quite painful side effects and in the extreme even death.

Other than eyesight problems developing, two of the frequent injuries sustained while using a computer for too long include Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and RSI -Repetitive Strain Injury, and in the long run, these are not problems you want at all.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs when the tissues surrounding the flexor tendons in the wrist swell and put pressure on the median nerve (see attached diagram). Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

These tissues are called the synovium. The synovium lubricates the tendons and makes it easier to move the fingers.This swelling of the synovium narrows the confined space of the carpal tunnel, and over time, crowds the nerve, which leads to numbness and tingling in the hands as well as sharp pains through the arm to the shoulder.

In order to prevent this from happening a few simple exercises daily will help:
carpal excer

If the problem persists, a surgical method of alleviating the problem will need to be undertaken as seen below:

carapal surgery

Spending time away from your desk and computer is important and taking regular breaks to give your eyes a rest and stretch your legs will prevent problems such as eye strain as well as blood clotting. Make sure you spend as much time preventing the injuries as you do working.

Sources:
http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00005
http://www.debate.org/opinions/is-spending-too-much-time-on-your-computer-bad

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