Break Through Your Desk Job Pain

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of American Osteophatic Association. All opinions are 100% mine.

Blogging is a job that requires spending long hours (if not full time) sitting in front of a computer screen. The thing is, when you are engrossed with blogging, you tend to forget what is happening with your body and more often than not, this leaves bloggers with chronic pain on neck, shoulder and back at the end of the day.

Desk job pain problems are common not just to bloggers but to most workers as well with poor workplace habits and do desk jobs for long hours. A new survey from the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) found that more than 70 percent of office workers spend more than 5 hours sitting at their desks each day. And 2 in 5 office workers would not consider getting up from their desks if they needed to talk to a colleague, as if they are glued on their chair.

More than 100 million Americans live in pain unaware of the hazards of too much sitting. Sitting still for long hours strain not just the limbs and upper body but most especially the lower back by putting pressure on the disk supporting the spine which in some cases can be disabling.

To borrow AOA’s line, “Nothing is more important than the health of you and your family”. AOA cares so much to the health and well-being not just of their patients but of the general public as well thus they are launching a new phase of the Break Through Your Pain to spread awareness and help Americans avoid and prevent desk job pain. These are tools, tips and video series featuring Dr. Rob Donoff, an osteopatic family physician.

I encourage you to watch the above video entitled Stretch Away Your Workplace Pain. It is an easy and helpful demonstration how to position yourself at your desk to eliminate desk job pain problems. It is effective also in relieving stress and maintaining flexibility.

I know most of you have sedentary work life that requires sitting still for long hours. If you want to help in spreading awareness on how to ease work related pains, feel free to share this post on your social networks.

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Have “Me” Time and Rejuvenate

It would be a very busy 2011 for me. Would it mean bye bye to “me” time? Oh no! I will make sure to have “me” time (time for myself) even once a month. It is very important for work-at-home Moms like me to avoid those Mom burn out. But how would I do that with my busy schedule? Does it mean more frizzy hair for me?

Good thing there is Babybliss Pro to straighten those curls on my bangs. As some of you know I was born with natural wavy hair. Last year I had my hair rebounded. But because of the abnormal hair fall, I decided to give my hair a break for a while. With Babybliss Pro hair dryer and iron, it will not be hard to achieve the rebounded-like hair. And to protect my hair from agression, dryness and dullness caused by heat from regular ironing, I will use Kerastase and regain its substance and transform it to its youthful look again.

Of course, L’oreal would be a big help too. Who would forget L’oreal, the brand used by most professionals? From shampoo to repair masque, my hair would receive those nourishment it needs with the help of L’oreal intense repair.

With our juggling acts working around kids, cleaning the house, doing the laundry, cooking, etc., we need to remain sane and the best thing to do is to have “me” time and and use products that will help us rejuvenate.

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How to Prevent Eye Strain

I took a short break. I don’t want to but I have to. My eyes got strained because of the prolonged use. They need to be rested for few days.

Two weeks ago, we changed our monitor from CRT to LCD. A CRT with low refresh rate (less than 70 Hz) can cause eye strain because of the flickering image and because it often goes slightly out of focus. LCDs do not go out of focus and are less susceptible to visible flicker. But then, I got sore, burning and painful eyes. I really don’t know if the new monitor has something to do with it (hubby adjusted the contrast and brightness though) or my eyes just got tired suddenly. I am blogging for nearly a year now and even though I was popping in out sometimes, still I am spending most of my time in front of the computer.

The best way to prevent eye strain is not to use our eyes as much. But how would a blogging addict like me do that?

1. Shift a focus from near to far every chance you can. Looking out to a distance of least 20 feet every 20 minutes.
2. Don’t stare at the monitor when you are waiting for something to load and relax your eyes by looking far away.
3. Make sure that the screen is at a 90 degree angle from any direct light source.
4. Adjust the contrast, brightness and colors of your monitor to the best effect.
5. Sooth your eyes by performing eye exercise gently.

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