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There are various computer related injuries like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Computer Vision Syndrome, effects of loud music, etc. Not Surprisingly, many of these injuries are from extensive computer use, either from working long hours at the office or at home. Although it's difficult to spend a long time with this technology on a regular basis, it's still an essential tool in today's society. Many people are compensated for their injuries, though many long-term effects are still uknown.

Best Remedy ----> exercise and massages!

--Kimania 19:38, 9 November 2006 (UTC)


Technology and Health Issues

A lot of people don’t consider the nature of technology related health issues to be a serious matter, since it is so common and it happens gradually and in a less shocking way then other injuries. However, the damage can be serious if you do no know how to prevent and treat these injuries. If you feel any pain from using technology, do not ignore, seek help right away and know that you have a right to be comfortable and healthy.

There are various computer related injuries like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Computer Vision Syndrome, effects of loud music, etc. Not surprisingly, many of these injuries are from extensive computer use, either from working long hours at the office or at home. Although it's difficult to spend a long time with this technology on a regular basis, it's still an essential tool in today's society. Many people are compensated for their injuries, however, with the short life of these technologies and the amount of time we use them, and it might be too soon to determine their full effects. Besides computers, other technologies like cashiers, blackberries and cell phones might be harmful. Simple hand movements like text messaging done in a repeated fashion could increase your risk for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

What can be done? Besides regular exercise and massages, you can get specific office equipment to help with your posture and the way your body sits in conjunction with your keyboard, computer and mouse. If changing the ergonomics doesn’t help you try considering an exercise ball, they force you to sit with good posture and it will force you to take some time away from your desk to go for a stretch or a walk through the office. Also, staring at a computer screen for long periods of time can be too strenuous, not to mention it severely reduces your blinking count. It is important to look away from you screen every now and then to give your eyes a rest, and if at all possible, it is better to have a larger screen. Finally, and perhaps a little more obvious, loud music, especially over your headphones, can be seriously damaging to the ear drum and even lead to hearing loss.

Remember, to take precautions when using technology. We often do not realize harmful side effects until it is too late. It is always good to have something that will improve your life, however, if it is possible try not to use it in excessive amounts so that you can limit your risks for inujuries.. --Kimania 04:02, 26 November 2006 (UTC)


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