Work's a Pain: Dealing With Office Aches

Last Updated Aug 31, 2007 1:19 PM EDT

tired-at-work.jpgIf you're starting to feel some tingling in your legs midway through the work day, don't worry; it doesn't mean you have restless leg syndrome (RLS is a very serious problem). Just deep-vein thrombosis -- possibly. Men'sHealth offers solutions for some potential occupational hazards.

1. Sitting at your desk all day.

  • Occupational hazard: Deep-vein thrombosis. Sitting prevents your muscles from massaging your veins which can cause blood clots.
  • Solution: Every couple of hours, take a lap around the office.
2. Hectic travel schedule.
  • Occupational hazard: Psychotic episodes and mood disorders. OK, if your mental health has never been an issue, you probably won't begin talking to your shoulders and seeing little green men after a few too many nights of room service. You may, however, feel anxious or depressed if your internal clock gets out of whack.
  • Solution: Try 30 minutes of cardio before and after flying. American Journal of Preventive Medicine says exercise cuts depressive symptoms in half.
3. Phone conversations.
  • Occupational hazard: Shoulder pain. 46 percent of office workers experience sore shoulders. Cornell researcher Alan Hedge, PhD. said, "Pain at the base of your neck means you lean in to read your screen; pain on the side of your neck means you lean your head to hold the phone."
  • Solution: Put your screen at eye level, an arm's length from your eyes. And try to wear a wireless headset.
The Men'sHealth article only covered a few office aches and pains. You may also experience frequent headaches, neck pain, or, every now and then, just plain exhaustion. It may be tempting to ignore physical problems and to plow ahead to keep productive, but we all know if you don't take care of yourself, it could put you out for much longer down the road.

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