Saturday, April 9, 2011

Work can be a pain in the neck

For those of you who are doing a lot of computer work, paper work or reading, here is a tip to help you save a lot of pain and damage to your neck, shoulders and upper back.

A lot of “desk” work creates tremendous pressure on your neck and shoulders. This postural stress leads to irritation and inflammation of joints and muscles which in turn results in neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain.

Shoulder-and-neck-strain-syndrome (SNSS) has become the most common musculo-skeletal disorder of the upper body. It is also the most common cumulative trauma disorder encountered by the occupational medicine physician.

The symptoms range from a “tight neck" with or without headaches to severely

incapacitating neck, shoulder, arm, wrist and hand pain / weakness.

Before you reach the level of serious damage here is a quick tip that will save you a lot of pain.

Set yourself a timer for 20-30 minutes (trust me you WILL forget if you do not, time goes by quickly when you are busy). When the timer rings, take your gaze away from your work/ computer and focus on a point as far away as you possibly do it. Do a light stretch of your neck and shoulder, stand and do an overall stretch by making yourself as tall as possible, take a sip of water and go back to work. This entire process will take anywhere from 30-60 seconds. This will reduce the accumulation of stress on your body, eyes and brain. It will save you hours of time spent in a doctor’s office and a lot of pain, headaches and weaknesses.

Take a little time for yourself. Be responsible for your well being and health

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