Guest Blog: Health Dangers of Office Work

As we know, most disabled people acquire their disabilities later in life rather than being born with them. Our guest blogger today, Daniel Winters, is a freelance British writer and health expert. Much of his writing involves topics concerning medical negligence and other important health matters. Today he writes about the health dangers of working in an office:


Office work may not seem like a job that could lead to a variety of illnesses and injuries; however there is much to be cautious about when it comes to such type of work. More and more, new health risks are discovered in connotation to office work, and here are but some of the dangers and how they can be avoided.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

One of the problems that come with office work is that it entails many repetitive tasks. Of these are the continuous uses of a keyboard and mouse. Many of us spend the large proportion of our days typing and using a mouse, and the fact that such motions are repeated over and over again can cause injury or pain.

This is known as carpal tunnel syndrome and occurs when a nerve that runs through the forearm is compressed by swollen bones and ligaments in the wrist.

How Can I Prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Certain hand stretching and other exercises can help release tension in the wrist and should be performed on a daily basis while you’re at work. Bending your knuckles for example can do a world of good, and so can performing a simple fist stretch from time to time while you’re working.

Lower Back Pain

Another problem with office work is that it entails sitting down for hours on end. This can have a negative effect on your body over time if you don’t move around on a regular basis; particularly if you have bad posture.

In some cases, a worker’s chair or seat may be the reason to blame, with its shape being incompatible with the natural sitting posture of a human being. If you’re chair is the reason to blame and was allocated by your employers, a back injury claim may even be made.

How Can I Prevent Lower Back Pain?

Again, you must exercise regularly in order to alleviate some of the stress off your back. This doesn’t just include back exercises however, but also abdominal strengthening activities which will relieve some of your lower back’s pressure.

Being more active around the office will too help.


Those whose work involves exerting themselves physically, offload much of the stress that accumulates in life. However, office work is hardly physical and as a result, office workers are more likely to have stress related outbursts.

Furthermore, health effects on the brain such as depression can occur from not physically offloading one’s stress amounts.

How Can I Lower Stress Levels?

Sadly, you won’t be able to file a brain injury claim from stress and so it’s important that you look after yourself mentally. If your job doesn’t involve much moving around, then make sure you move around more yourself.

Exercise at the gym regularly. This will not only provide you with the sufficient physical exercise, but also allow you to get into a routine that doesn’t involve being sat in the same spot for hours on end.

Unfortunately, many people leave the office, only to be sat in front of the television for the rest of the day. Such a lifestyle is not active enough for your mental and physical health and you must be out and about more.


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