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Here’s how one can do work from home in a right way

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Here's how one can do work from home in a right way

The pandemic might have lost most of its scare-factor, but the danger is still ever-present. The past year has seen many desk jobs be re-fashioned to be worked on from home, and the pandemic has made employees treat their jobs in a much more laid-back, casual way. From attending meetings on the bed to working while eating meals, there’s almost every sort of unprofessional twist to the previously most-formal events. However, this lax environment can lead to a series of negative symptoms, and can be dangerous if they’re left unchecked, writes The Pioneer’s SHREYA SRIKONDA as she talks to experts in the medical field.

Those of us who have jobs that require us to stay online most of the time have to be doubly cautious of the problems an extremely lax lifestyle can present — using a dining chair as a workspace chair, and sitting for hours in an uncomfortable position; lying down on a bed and viewing your computer monitor; straining your neck; hunched over a monitor for hours while sitting on the floor, or keeping your monitor lower than eye-level.

All these workarounds lead to poor ergonomics — affecting the right posture. The doctor says, “It may not be obvious, but office furniture is researched and designed for modern-day office work. This makeshift workspace created at home can lead to neck and back pain in the short run, and a serious injury if not treated in time.”

Chronic neck and back pain can take a major toll on your life. Even before covid times, back pain had been a leading cause of missed days at work and school. Without proper care, approximately 25% of people with acute low-back pain will have persistent symptoms such as cervical spondylitis within a year.

— Orthopedic and Sports Injury Specialist

A few solutions that can be tried

at home are-

Changing sleeping positions

Elevating legs or knees when sleeping

Applying heat pads

Taking over-the-counter medication

Getting a massage

Lying down for a lot of time can cause a sore back, lower back pain, and even slipped discs.

If the idea of getting ready and going to your workplace is making you shudder, it is a clear sign you’ve gotten used to this new lifestyle. However, that in itself is not a dangerous thing, it is only a problem when you’re so comfortable with your bed and blanket that it is physically taxing for you to get up and exert yourself. This is lethargy that has been brought about by the complete lack of motivation and nutrition and is like laziness taken to another, slightly concerning level. Furthermore, there are several other indirect orthopedic problems one might have to endure here. For instance, India doesn’t trade well when it comes to working out and taking proper care of health. Sixty four percent of Indians don’t get exercise. For them, heading to their office might have been one shallow form of physical activity; they won’t even have that now.

“Going outdoors to the office might be one of the very few ways these professionals were getting sunlight; in the absence of this, now stuck in their rooms on their devices, they might not get enough vitamin D, which could be bad for them orthopedically,” shares the doc. “There are other challenges as well, like behavioural health. When indoors all the time, many of these work-at-home professionals will amiss socialisation and human-touch, which could cascade to create mental problems.”

Dr Sindhoora Rawul, pulmonologist and sleep specialist says that “the poor sleep that results from disruption of circadian rhythms can lead to cognitive impairment and work under-performance; Memory and ability to focus can become impaired, and shift workers who are sleep-deprived often get irritable or depressed. Many of my patients complain of workplace stress which can contribute to anxiety and depression disorders further causing sleep problems along with change in working hours.”

She provides a few tips

Dedicate 7-9 hours of sleep after a night shift.

Have something to eat and drink before you go to bed.

Avoid alcohol before sleep. It causes fragmented sleep, disturbs the deep stages of sleep, which will leave you feeling unrefreshed the next day.

Avoid smoking before bed. Nicotine is a stimulant and keeps you awake.

While adapting to these lifestyle changes, there are lots of things that we can do to look after our own mental health and to help others who may need some extra support and care.

Here are a few tips: 

Have a routine:

l Keep up with daily routines as far as possible, or make new ones.

l Get up and go to bed at similar times every day.

Keep up with personal hygiene.

Eat healthy meals at regular times.

Exercise regularly

Allocate time for working and time for resting.

Make time for doing things you enjoy.

Screen time: Be aware of how much time you spend in front of a screen every day. Make sure that you take regular breaks from on-screen activities.

Video games: While video games can be a way to relax, it can be tempting to spend much more time on them than usual when at home for long periods. Be sure to keep the right balance with off-line activities in your daily routine.

Social media: Use your social media accounts to promote positive and hopeful stories. Correct misinformation wherever you see it.

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How do you know if your back pain is serious?

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How do you know if your back pain is serious?

Back pain:

Back pain develops without a cause that your doctor can identify with a test. Conditions commonly linked to back pain include muscle or ligament strain.repeated heavy lifting or a sudden awkward movement can strain back muscles and spinal ligaments.

Signs that indicate, that its time to consult doctor for your back pain:

  1. If you have been in pain for over a week
  2. If the pain extends to other body parts
  3. If you have numbness, tingling or weakness
  4. If you have pain after an accident
  5. If your pain is worse at certain times or in certain positions
  6. If you are having problems with bowels or urination
  7. If you have unexplained weight loss
  8. If you have a fever
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Are obesity and asthma connected ?

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Are obesity and asthma connected ?

Obesity:

Obesity is a complex disease involving an excessive amount of body fat. Obesity isn’t just a medical problem that increase the risk of other diseases and health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and certain cancers.

Asthma :

Asthma is a condition in which your airways narrow an swell and may produce extra mucus.

The connection between obesity and asthma :

  1. Obesity an asthma share common genetics, common in utero conditions, or common predisposing dietary factors( foods high in sugar, diet poor in vegetables etc).
  2. Obesity leads to a reduction in lung volume and tidal volume which in turn promotes narrowing of the airway.
  3. There is low risk associated with breastfeeding in both obesity and asthma conditions.
  4. Changes in adipose-derived hormones, like leptin an adiponectin, may enhance the inflammatory state of obesity.
  5. Obesity is a state of low-grade systemic inflammation that may lead to the exacerbation of asthma.
  6. Diseases like dyslipidemia,gastroesophageal reflux,sleep- disorder breathing,type-2 diabetes,or hypertension that are associated with obesity, may exacerbate asthma.
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Here are causes for tooth decay and its treatment options

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Here are causes for tooth decay and its treatment options

Tooth decay:

Tooth decay occurs due to a buildup of plaque on a tooth.plaque is a sticky layer of bacteria that forms on teeth.when a person eats sugary or starchy food, the bacteria in the plaque produce acids that attack tooth enamel.it is disease known as caries or cavities. As the tooth gets eaten away, tooth decay sets in.Tooth decay naturally looks black and can give the appearance of a black tooth. Tooth decay and gum disease can lead to serious health problems, including brain or heart infections.

Causes for cavities:

  1. Bacteria –Both gum disease an tooth decay are cause by bacteria
  2. Sugars
  3. Plaque
  4. Para function
  5. Certain medical condition

Treatment options include:

  1. Fluoride treatments
  2. Fillings
  3. Crowns
  4. Root canals
  5. Tooth extractions
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