#TransTips: Common Office Aches and Pains and how to ease them
Yeah yeah, you probably heard or read that a zillion times by now. The life of a translator – or any other office employee for that matter – is not an easy one (Oops, here I go again). The long hours we spend sitting at our desk are tiring and cause aching in different areas of the body.
You’re typing, you’re only moving your fingers while your entire hand is still. This puts strain on the wrist which eventually becomes difficult to move. Try moving your hands in a circular movement to keep your wrists flexible.
The number one pain that every desk employee suffers from. It’s unbearable! A few exercises every hour help ease this pain.
Stretching your neck helps keep the strain off it. Don’t stare at the screen for too long without moving your head.
When was the last time you had your eyes checked? Your headache could actually be caused by hyperopia. That’s what my doctor told me. But don’t take my word for it, go have your eyes checked, right after you take some pain killers for that headache.
Get up and do a few jumping jacks. Get that blood circulating. Another piece of advice: try to lift your legs on a stool. Don’t have them downward the entire time as this causes varices.
Staring at the screen for too long is what causes the eyes to burn. This increases when you’re working at night. Buy yourself an anti-reflective screen shield and anti-reflective glasses. Also, consult your doctor to get eye drops. They have helped me a lot. Another easier alternative is to wash your eyes with cold water every other hour.
Cold fingers in winter
This is one of the worst in my opinion. We can’t wear gloves, and it’s hell typing with ice cold, numb fingertips. Just warm them whenever it gets impossible to continue typing 😀
Funny Stomachache, aka Hunger
It’s not exactly pain, it’s rather rumbling, but if you don’t deal with it, it’ll start hurting (mainly headache). Am I the only one who forgets to eat when I’m so taken by my work? Nowadays, I tend to keep a bottle of water and a healthy snack next to me (An apple, a banana, a few almonds, etc.).
Stretching, working out and practicing yoga really help with all of the above. Also, getting a good amount of sleep (surprisingly enough) is really crucial; but the most important piece of advice one could ever give, is to not spend so many hours sitting at the desk. Just get up and move your body every 60 to 90 minutes. Go grab a glass of water, walk around, just do something 😀
If the pain doesn’t go away even after enough rest, think of consulting a chiropractor. This is especially important when the pain is affecting your quality of life and painkillers have not helped. If you are wondering how to get the best chiropractor, first look for contacts of those operating around your area. Ask for friends or family members for referrals. Alternatively, check local listings or online.
Work with fully registered and regulated chiropractors and take time to learn whether they have enough experience. How long have they been operating? Do they have a good reputation? If you live in a small town, it’s easy to get the details, including reviews of a specialist. Those who have a solid social media or online presence might also have reviews to help you make an informed decision.
As you go for the first consultation, clearly explain where the pain is, how it started and how it’s affecting your life. The information will guide the chiropractor in choosing the best treatment plan.