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Health Risks of Sitting - Cubicle Issues and Solutions


Because more women fill clerical jobs, Dr. Jeffrey R. Anshel of Corporate Vision Consulting says they tend to suffer an increase in eyestrain. "Your eyes are not designed to keep focusing and moving repetitively across a computer screen," he says.

Prevention: Practice the "20-20-20 rule." When your eyes are focused on an object in the distance, they're meeting optical infinity, in which eyes are totally at rest. For 20 seconds every 20 minutes, take a break and look 20 feet away.

Solution: Lowering computer monitors can relieve eyes from straining to get a close look. Also, blink more. People under normal conditions blink 12 to 15 times a minute, but those reading on a computer blink only seven times.


Sitting for an extended period of time can increase chances of developing varicose or spider veins — conditions that affect about 50 percent of women.

Prevention: Tights with a high amount of Lycra can compress the legs, boosting circulation and calming symptoms.

Solution: Laser procedures may help, but can be painful. Instead, try Asclera, a form of sclerotherapy, where a soap-like solution is injected into the veins via tiny needles the size of a strand of hair. One injection can treat an entire patch of veins with minimal pain.


Originally published on Oct. 5, 2012


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