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Sitting infront of the computer working from 9 to 5pm daily, with some jobs requiring OT, it’s not surprising why so many of the office workers in Singapore experience Office Syndrome. 

What Is Office Syndrome? 

Office syndrome refers to the pain or soreness felt in the neck, shoulder and back. This is often a result of sitting in the same posture for long periods of time, usually in front of the computer screen toiling away. Although it does not seem like a cause for concern, it can lead to some serious health issues in the long run, especially in the muscles and spine. 

Other symptoms such as dry eye from facing the screen for a long time or insomnia, fatigue and depression fall under Office Syndrome as well. 

Cause of Office Syndrome

Factors that lead to a poor posture, such as the support of the office chair, the height of the desk or the position of the computer monitor and keyboard can all lead to Office Syndrome. Bad sitting habits such as slouching or hunching over is also another factor that leads to Office Syndrome. Work-related stress can lead to psychological symptoms that falls under Office Syndrome such as depression. 

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Symptoms of Office Syndrome

Most of us have Office Syndrome without knowing it. Check if you have any of these Office Syndrome symptoms: 

    • Muscle ache or pain 
    • Headache
    • Dry eyes
    • 忧郁症 
    • 失眠 
    • Fatigue

TCM Approach

中医 can help to alleviate some of these office syndromes by improving the flow of Qi in the body or stimulating the release of chemicals that can aid in releasing muscle tension. From acupuncture, herbs to tuina massages, the TCM will give you a treatment plan to cater to your body. 

You can also try tcm supplements such as 全连“乌灵参好睡眠” that is made from a high-value medicinal fungus – fermented Wu Ling Shen extract and a herb – lemon Balm. Wu Ling Shen helps address sleep issues and from a TCM perspective, promotes natural healthy sleep by regulating the yin-yang balance of the body. 

Other than TCM treatment, here are some other changes you can do to alleviate your symptoms. 

Check the height of your office chair. Make sure that your office chair is adjusted so that your arms can rest comfortably on the surface of the desk. This is to prevent hunching over your desk. 

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Sitting posture. Make sure that you are not sitting on the edge of your chair. Seat all the way in so that your back is support by the chair to prevent slouching. If there is not enough support, consider adding a cushion to create lumbar support for your spine. 

Computer screen and keyboard should be directly infront of you. Working sideways can affect your posture can cause muscle tensions in the neck, shoulders and back! 

Distance between you and the computer screen should be at least an arm’s length away. If you have a hard time seeing the contents on the screen, enlarge the font size instead of moving closer to the screen to protect your eye health