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Preventing Office Syndrome While Working From Home

Office Syndrome has been frequently found in office workers. It is not a disease, instead Office Syndrome is a group of symptoms caused by sitting or remaining in the same position for long periods of time, mainly while working with the computer in an office setting. Overtime, certain muscles become contracted, causing repetitive muscle strain.  Main symptom related to the unhealthy sitting posture is muscle pain or tightness, especially in the neck, shoulders and back. Due to the restrictions in movement and activities during lockdowns, people have been currently instructed to work from home. Working at the office allows people to move, walk or change their positions during the day whereas working from home largely limits movement and activities. With increasing numbers of employees working at home, physical inactivity and prolonged sitting in the same position can lead to an increased risk of developing Office Syndrome.  

Get To Know Office Syndrome

Office Syndrome refers to a group of various symptoms including the inflammation of neck, shoulder and back muscles. These symptoms are caused due to repetitive muscle strain during having long period of unhealthy positions such as sitting in front of a computer screen for several hours. Posture and ability to function or move normally can be affected, leading to further health problems e.g. abdominal pain and stress. A wide variety of conditions of Office Syndrome may include:

Causes Of Office Syndrome

Office Syndrome is caused by repetitive use of certain muscles during working with unhealthy posture. An inappropriate working environment is a major cause of Office Syndrome. Inadequate table height and positioning of the computer and keyboard lead to an unnatural sitting position. Slouching or hunching over with rounded shoulders causes constant muscle contraction, gradually resulting in weakness of core muscles and increased tension in other muscle groups. Other causes may involve excessive stress and insufficient sleep. In addition, physiological abnormalities e.g. muscle imbalance and spinal deformity  might be the causes of Office Syndrome.

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Prevention Of Office Syndrome While Working From Home

Office Syndrome can be easily prevented by following these recommendations:

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Seeking Medical Assistance If Chronic Muscle Pain Persists 

If muscle pain becomes a chronic problem that significantly disturbs daily life and activities, medical attention should be sought as soon as possible in order to receive accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatments. If serious complications develop, such as radiating numbness or tingling in the body possibly caused by herniated disc, severe joint pain especially at night and swelling mass, immediate medical assistance must be provided for further investigations.