Sick Office Syndrome Affects 50% of Those Working at Computers


50 percent of the people who work in an office presents related postural problems called ‘Sick Office Syndrome’, as highlighted by the professor and director of IMF Business School, Carlos Martinez, reported the Institute Biomechanics of Valencia in a statement. Martinez emphasizes how important it is ‘to have an ergonomic environment at work, reviewing air conditioners, sit in a proper posture, avoiding prolonged contact with computer screens or lack of sunlight.’

The IBV indicated that headaches, conjunctivitis, skin problems or lack of concentration are some of the symptoms of ‘Sick Office Syndrome’, ‘a disorder that affects thousands of office workers and is the result of the large number of hours passed in front of computers or office environments. ‘The Institute of Biomechanics of Valencia added that one of its studies show that up to 65 percent of these affected the discomfort associated to office furniture, chair, table height and computers.

It has also been indicated that as reported in the latest report on occupational health of the World Health Organization (WHO) most affected body parts include chest, back and sides, followed by lumbar region. In this vein, he added that the ailments typical of poor posture in the workplace can cause various health problems and commented that this phenomenon coupled with the lack of contact with sunlight or excessive number of hours before computer screens can generate Sick Office Syndrome.

It was also pointed out that the problem of these disorders, according to the Society for the Prevention of Accidents Mutual and Occupational Diseases Social Security is ‘not usually come forward immediately, so that they appear at some time after going to suffer overexposure to awkward postures such as sitting incorrectly, spend too much time sitting at the computer and within an office or contact the lack of sunlight. ‘This, he explained, of ‘everyday work situations that can cause eyestrain, lower back pain, poor circulation in legs or discomfort in neck.’

The increase of these diseases is causing 25 percent of absenteeism due to muscle problems derived from this syndrome, according to the National Institute of Safety and Health at Work.

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