Office syndrome is a mysterious malady, in that it affects some people and not others. There’s a combination of factors that usually lead to this condition. But some of the factors that contribute to Office Syndrome are easily remedied by paying close attention to your immediate work environment.
The chair you use, the height of your desk and your computer screen are all factors that can lead to back and neck aches, eyestrain, and tension headaches. These are the most usual symptoms experienced by sufferers of office syndrome.
After adjusting your work environment to be as comfortable as possible according to the recommendations of the following tips, you should enjoy an easing of the symptoms. If you still suffer from the symptoms of office syndrome, you should visit a doctor to ensure that an internal physical condition is not causing your illness.
Work-related stress can lead to medical problems more serious than office syndrome. If the stress from your work is causing you headaches and other pains, see a doctor. This type of stress can easily lead to a heart attack or high blood pressure. Your doctor should be able to determine if it’s stress that is causing the same symptoms as office syndrome.
Most modern office chairs come with lumbar support. Some of the more expensive ones come with a lumbar support mechanism that can be adjusted to fit your lower back. If you’re working in a chair that doesn’t have any lumbar support, this could be the source of back and neck pain.
If your company won’t pay for a new chair, it could be worth paying for it yourself to ease the pain and keep your spine healthy.
Desk height is important in maintaining proper posture while you’re working. Having a desk that’s too high, can cause you to hunch your shoulders up in an unnatural position and lead to neck and backaches and pains. It can also affect your arm and wrist movements and be a cause of carpal tunnel syndrome. Choose a desk that you can work at without any tension in your shoulders and arms.
Computer Screen Height, Font Size and Resolution
Computer screens should always be at eye-level to help keep your neck relaxed. Too small of a computer resolution can leave you squinting to see what you’re reading, and this can lead to tension headaches and eyestrain.
Increase the resolution and font size of your computer screen until you can easily read it from a comfortable distance without squinting.
Take Frequent ‘Eye Breaks’
You also should take ‘eye breaks’ regularly. Every ten minutes or so, look at something in the distance for a while. Look out a window or gaze across the room. This will help your eyes avoid what’s called computer vision syndrome, which causes headaches, blurred vision, eye strain, and fatigue.
Once you’ve adjusted your work environment to acceptable working conditions, you should enjoy a marked reduction in the symptoms of office syndrome.