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7 Sites for Treating Office Ailments

January 29, 2009
by Christopher Coats
Stress, back pain and the repetitive physical demands of working on a computer can keep workers on edge and out sick. Thankfully, findingDulcinea has assembled resources to ensure your symptoms of your various office-related ailments are short-lived.

Stress

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According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, stress at work is one of the most frequent causes of injuries, absences and terminations. As the root of so many other office-related problems and the cause of a host of health problems, from exhaustion to high blood pressure, stress is a challenge that should be dealt with and taken under control immediately in order to avoid its adverse effects.

The American Institute of Stress is a nonprofit organization started by a group of psychologists, including Hans Selye, who is credited with developing one of the first models of stress and how it affects the immune system. Their helpful site defines stress, explains how it affects you and identifies possible causes to help you prevent stress before it gets the best of you.

Focusing on treating stress once it has become too much, the Cleveland Clinic outlines some stress management ideas, from the simple act of changing your outlook to more challenging solutions, such as starting exercise regiments and working out a way to delegate responsibilities causing the most pressure in your life.

Emphasizing the importance of cultivating a healthy relationship with coworkers, the Clinic also explains the importance of a supportive network: “Social support is the single most important buffer against stress,” the article says, and warns that not all relationships are positive.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

One of the most commonly discussed office ailments in the 21st century workplace is carpal tunnel syndrome, a nerve disorder that causes discomfort in the hands and wrists most commonly associated with working for hours on a computer keyboard. Once again, the best way to avoid the pain and annoyance of carpal tunnel is to be aware of your own pressure points and physical limits and arrange your workspace to provide the most comfort and support for your hands possible.

The New York Times Health Guide
provides information on how best to avoid carpal tunnel, and how your company can help its workers avoid the problem by creating safe and physically supportive workspaces.

However, once you become a sufferer of carpal tunnel, its important to seek out a solution and possible treatment as soon as possible. WebMD’s carpal tunnel section elaborates on the symptoms of the syndrome and explains if and when to see a physician if you’re exhibiting symptoms.

Back Pain

One of the most common medical problems in the United States, back pain is especially prevalent in the workplace, affecting both those who are responsible for moving heavy objects and those who never leave their chairs.

Stressing prevention, the Mayo Clinic has tips for avoiding back injuries at work, including advice on how to make your workspace back- and spine-friendly, along with insight on healthy habits to incorporate into your daily routine to strengthen your back and make sure back pain will never keep you from getting the most out your day.

Offering another dose of remedies and solutions for lower back pain most commonly associated with a long day at the office, the American Academy of Family Physicians gives tips on prevention and relief, exploring aspects of low back pain with the questions such as “What’s the best way to sit?” and “Is there relief for ongoing back problems?”

For more information on office ailments and any other health concern you may encounter, visit findingDulcinea’s Health Guides for a comprehensive look at what ails you and how you can feel better fast.
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