Computer and Health
Computer and Laptops have been filling our everyday life for a few years. You use it at work, at home. Yes, the computer is very present in our lives. But using it can have impacts on your health.
Contrary to popular belief, radiation is not dangerous to health. Very small amounts of UV radiation are emitted by the screen, but they are equivalent, in a whole month, to a short exposure to the sun.
The World Health Organization (WHO) also believes that electromagnetic radiation is too weak to create a health problem.
If the fact to remain the eyes riveted in front of a screen during eight hours does not damage the eyes, it reveals, however, visual deficiencies which you will have to correct quickly by consulting a specialist.
The user may also be affected by artificial vision syndrome. Fatigue, headaches, dry eyes and blurred vision betray the problem. It is recommended to take regular breaks.
Insufficient lighting, a poorly arranged workstation, a screen that is too bright or an inappropriate distance between the latter and the eyes are often responsible for the appearance of the syndrome.
Working in front of a computer often causes physical health problems. In fact, 25% of users suffer from it.
The carpal tunnel
Use of the computer keyboard may cause inflammation of the median nerve. This nerve originates at the level of the sixth cervical vertebra and provides traction of the forearm, in addition to allowing the thumb to bend.
A lack of sensation and tingling in the thumb and forefinger betray this health problem when it appears. Then, the victim notes a weakening of the muscles doubled of a sensory deficiency. The movements become less precise.
Warm compresses, rest, wrist splint, anti-inflammatory treatment are usually effective in treating the problem. Sometimes surgery is required to release the carpal ligament.
It is well known that repetitive movements can damage tendons, nerves, muscles and other soft tissues. They are manifested by muscle tension, discomfort, stiffness and burning sensations in the hands, wrists, forearms, and elbows.
In addition to the pain in the upper back, shoulders, and neck, hands become numb and coordination deteriorates. It’s time to take a break.
Are you happy in front of your computer and you spend more and more time in front of the screen? It is possible that you suffer from cyber dependence. Again, your body speaks to you. Migraines, back pain, poor nutrition, poor personal hygiene or sleep disorders should sound the alarm.
According to WHO, there are more than 150 million computers used worldwide. But not all workstations are necessarily ergonomic. So you can improve your condition by changing your environment and your work habits.
- Use a comfortable chair. Sit upright. Your feet should be flat on the floor. If this is not the case, use a footrest.
- Look after your posture. The knees should be higher than the bottom of the pelvis to spread the weight and force you to support your back instead of bending forward.
- Your arms must reach the keyboard at a 100-degree angle, with the shoulders relaxed.
- – Place your mouse so that your wrist has a neutral position (close to the body with the forearm well relaxed).
- The screen should be at eye level, 50 cm away from the face.
- Have your eyes checked regularly.
- Give yourself breaks every 60 minutes. Walk for three to five minutes.
- Every 20 minutes, take 20 seconds to look about 20 feet from your post. Rub the palms of your hands for 10 to 15 seconds and put them on your eyes.
- Stretch regularly.
By taking advantage of these basic tips, you will feel better in front of your computer. Better yet, your work will be more effective. Think about it before experiencing nagging and uncomfortable pain.