What are the main occupational diseases for office workers?

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When we talk about most risky professions, which endanger people’s lives and health, we often think of professions like roofers or soldiers. Nevertheless, full-time office work could be also very risky for your health, if you don’t follow some rules of proper posture or taking breaks. Work can be painful.

Our team member Mindaugas Balciunas, CTO of SitYEA, did research work and studied on how constant sitting on the computer impacts health and how to prevent those problems using depth cameras. His findings became an inspiration for the SitYEA application, and a mission to prevent occupational diseases for office workers.

So, let’s get down to business — main occupational health problems working in the office.

1. Eyestrain and shortsightedness

Computer eyestrain has become a major job-related complaint. Studies show that eyestrain and other symptoms (like eye twitching and red eyes) occur in 50 to 90 percent of computer workers.

Spending a lot of time focusing your eyes on computers increase even your risk of developing shortsightedness.

Main reasons: eyes focus too long on computers, not blinking, not taking breaks, wrong arranged working place.

2. Back pain and not only

Back pain is the second main problem, why people miss their work (right after the common cold). Various researchers state that back pain will affect 80 percent of the world population (5,8 billion) at some point in their lives.

Our bodies are not designed for a sedentary lifestyle, but full-time office work is associated with constant sitting, harming the systems of bones and muscles. Spine, back, and shoulders are under risk. Wrong sitting strains vertebrae and freezes muscles of the body, causing pain of the back, stomach, or even heart.

Main reasons:the body’s position throughout the day is a major contributor to back and neck pain and lack of movement during the workday. Examples of bad positions: slouching forward in your chair, holding a telephone between the ear and the shoulder. Wrong postures can be provoked by uncomfortable positions of the computer monitor, mouse, and keyboard, as also by the invalid chair.

3. Mental stress

While mental stress is caused by many reasons, constant working on the computer is one of them. The widespread stereotype that says the more you work, the more you achieve, is really wrong. Mental fatigue comes after three hours of continuous working, and our brains need a break after 90 minutes.

Main reasons: not taking breaks, working too long.

If you want to find out how to avoid occupational diseases, stay tuned!

SitYEA is raising funds on Kickstarter.com until the 18th of March, 2016.

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