Doctor – Doctor (TS-BS) specialist II Do Trong Anh, Director of Ho Chi Minh City Hospital of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation (also known as Hospital 1A), warns those who work from home The risk of osteoporosis is due to lack of exercise.
The culprit is… the chair
The family of Ms. Tran My C. (40 years old; living in Go Vap district, Ho Chi Minh City) came to the hospital to report to be screened when both her husband and wife and their 17-year-old child had prolonged neck, shoulder and back pain. “I thought the whole family was infected with Covid-19, luckily I went to the doctor and tested negative,” said Ms. C. The above situation is the result of the whole family studying, working and having too much fun online.
According to specialist TS-BS II Do Trong Anh, people who work from home are often prone to … “office spine disease”. So called because it is a disease related to long sitting at the office. Sitting at home working online is actually no different from sitting at the office.
“Sitting for a long time in one position will cause compression of blood vessels, leading to degeneration of the cervical spine and lumbar spine. The biggest culprit of this condition is… the chair. The swivel chairs. This type of chair often has a flat surface that slopes inward, creating a very harmful hunchback position. It is best to choose a flat chair with a straight back to sit, you can sit on a padded chair but should choose thin type” – BS Anh advises.
Work online at home, avoid sitting for too long, need to get up often to exercise, change positions. (Picture is for illustrative purposes only) Photo: ROYAL TRIAL
Anh said osteoporosis is also easy to progress when working online regularly at home, not simply because of the lack of sunlight as many people mistakenly believe. The main cause of osteoporosis is lack of exercise.
Specialist Doctor II Nguyen Khac Vui, Deputy Director of Saigon General Hospital, noted varicose veins of the lower extremities. Sitting for a long time at work is a cause of disease onset or aggravation in people who already have the disease.
Not only causing pain and discomfort in the legs, but varicose veins also have the risk of forming blood clots – one of the causes of stroke, because blood clots from the legs can move to any position in the body. body and cause obstruction. Therefore, if you sit for a while, you should try to get up and move a little, change your position. This is good for both spinal diseases and varicose veins.
Children have less back and neck pain than adults, but experts estimate that the impact of “online” eyes affects children more.
According to specialist doctor II Nguyen Thi Ngoc Anh, Head of the Eye Unit of Children’s Hospital 1 (HCMC), young children should not be exposed to screens for more than 2 hours a day and this time should be divided into small parts of the day. . Particularly for children who have to study online, it is difficult to avoid more exposure, but there are ways to reduce the harm.
Should prioritize large screens, when learning online, children should learn on machines with large screens such as laptops, desktops, sitting at least one arm’s length away, it will be less harmful to the eyes than attentiveness. to the phone’s screen.
Parents can teach their children how to relax their eyes according to the 20-20 rule, which means that every 20 minutes of looking at a screen, let your eyes rest for about 20 seconds. During these 20 seconds, keep your eyes fixed on something at least 6 meters away, for example, let your child look out a window or balcony for a while, and then return to school.
Need to pay attention to the light in the room. Don’t think that when your phone or computer screen is on, it’s still okay to be in a dark room or not turn on the light. The too large light contrast between the screen and the outside space is also harmful to the eyes. When in a dark room, the pupils dilate to receive as much light as possible, so looking at the screen for a long time, the eyes will feel uncomfortable.
The above notes are completely applicable to adults, to reduce the harm from screens to eyes in the context of having to work online.
“If your baby complains of eye pain, discomfort, looks at things or squints, and has to run closer to see it, it may be a sign that the eyes are overloaded or that the eyes have had a certain problem such as nearsightedness. should take the baby to the doctor immediately,” said Dr. Ngoc Anh.
Take advantage of housework
Specialist Doctor II Nguyen Khac Vui advises people to make reasonable use of the time they have at home, in addition to studying and working online, they should increase housework such as cleaning the house, cooking, and taking care of the plants. scene… Research shows that increasing housework is also a good form of exercise for health. Try to spend at least 30 minutes a day exercising to stay healthy during the Covid-19 pandemic.