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Health Risks To The IT Crowd

19/07/2017 15:06

Now more than ever before, our careers are increasingly reliant on technology.

Whether we're sending emails, posting on social media or Skyping on our smartphones, the use of tech is hard to avoid - especially if you work in the digital sector.

According to recent research, Brits now spend an average of five hours a day on their mobile phones, not to mention all the hours sat in front of computer screens at work. So, what's the impact of this on our health?

Here is my top five check list for those of you working in IT:

1). Carpal Tunnel

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a common condition that causes a tingling sensation, numbness and sometimes pain in the hand and fingers.

It is caused by pressure on the nerves as a result of repetitive movements such as typing.

Wearing a wrist splint might help to alleviate the pressure but you might need to cut back on the activity causing the issue in the first place.

2). Eye Strain

Eye strain, also known as Asthenopia, can occur after long periods of reading or working at a computer.

Symptoms include fatigue, blurred vision, headaches and pain around the eyes.

Regularly avert your vision to long-distance objects to help alleviate discomfort.

3). Poor posture

Remember when your mum would tell you off for slouching? Well, she did have a point!

Sitting down and slouching at your desk can cause poor posture and potentially lead to long-term spinal issues.

Always sit at a right angle and ensure your chair and computer are at the right height for your eyesight.

Most employers offer a work station assessment so take advantage of this to ensure optimum health.

4). Obesity

Most of us know that having a desk job is not particularly good for our waistlines. Unless we're getting up to make tea or use the printer, burning calories in the office can be tricky!

IT professionals are at greater risk of being overweight and suffering obesity so make it's important to make a conscious effort to exercise.

Why not go for a walk at lunch, book a spin class or take the stairs instead of the lift where possible.

However, if you're not able to up the ante with physical activity, go easy on the grub and drink alcohol in moderation.


5). Addiction to Tech

Technology addiction is firmly on the rise but I think we're all a little obsessed with checking our phones, especially if you've got a penchant for Candy Crush!

If you look at a computer screen all day for a living, it's really important for you to schedule regular breaks.

Where possible leave your phone at home or on the desk at lunchtime. Go for a walk, get some fresh hair and absorb the environment around you.

Dr Seth Rankin is founder of London Doctors Clinic

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