How to prevent computer syndrome?

How to prevent computer syndrome?

Computer syndrome is a painful disorder that affects hands, eyes, wrists and so on. What are computer symptoms? Generally speaking, if you feel very tired, your eyes ache, you have pain in the loin area and back while you are operating computer, you are suffering computer symptoms. Also if you experience the following:

  • Numbness or tingling in your hands, fingers and wrists
  • Increased pain when moving your hands or wrists
  • Poor eyesight
  • Weakness and difficulty gripping objects
  • Noticeable pain in your wrist, palm or forearm
  • Increased pain or numbing while trying to sleep

Causes of Computer Syndrome
Repetitive wrist movements, bright display as the computer microwave radiation is typically the main cause of computer symptoms. You may have heard the term Repetitive Strain Injury. This term is used to describe computer symptoms, because it is associated with repetitive hand movements. It can also be caused by awkward hand positions, frequent gripping action, continuous vibration, and continuous stress on the palm of the hand.

Massage and the Treatment of Computer Syndrome
Massage therapy research has shown that massage can often reduce and slow down the progression of computer symptoms. According to a recent study by the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine in Florida, massage therapy helped to reduce pain, increase grip strength, and reduce computer symptoms for participants who were computer operators or word-processors. So if you are in a high risk group, where repetitive movements cannot be avoided, you might consider incorporating Massage into your lifestyle. Chinese herbal medicine can also help.


Dr Ping Wang is the clinic founder and senior practitioner of Ping Ming Health. She has over 30 years of experience in traditional Chinese medicine teaching and practice. Dr Ping especially enjoys sharing her knowledge of Chinese medicine through our popular clinic articles, seminars and clinical training of students and practitioners.