Air purifier technologies are not necessarily new to the human lifestyle, since patrons of these innovative devices are reaping the benefits both in the workplace and at home. Now that pollution is present practically anywhere, having an air purifier is evolving to be a...Read More
Technology is so good nowadays – you can do almost anything with your phone or on your computer. There are thousands of different kinds of gadgets that you can use to help you every day. However, there are those unpopular gizmos that nobody talks about: for example, do you know...Read More
As modern technology continues to advance, more and more gadgets are being invented to make people’s lives a lot easier and more convenient. These modern tools are truly extraordinary as they really can help you solve day to day dilemmas. Below are the most unconventional,...Read More
Air purifier technologies are not necessarily new to the human lifestyle, since patrons of these innovative devices are reaping the benefits both in the workplace and at home. Now that pollution is present practically anywhere, having an air purifier is evolving to be a necessity in order to keep the air people are breathing safer, thus healthier.
However, as the technology is being reinvented over time, most people are uninformed about how this cutting-edge design actually works. Knowing the machineries that make up air purifiers can help one better appreciate its avant-garde design, and its composition that makes it effective.
There are a variety of types for air purifiers, and each present unique pros and cons. They are distinguished in types, decided by the filtering technology it uses.
The mostly used type today is called HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Purifiers. Many studies in the industry suggest that it is the best type of air purifier, since it removes up to 99.97% of particles that pass through it. In addition to being the best air purifier for allergies, as well as being used worldwide in medical cleaning rooms, advanced HEPA filters are used by the nuclear power industry because of its efficiency.
Another type of air purifier is the Ionizing Purifier. This type of purifier makes use of a method called corona discharge in order to generate ions.The corona discharge’s small yet intense electrical field can make molecules either positively or negatively charged. Although it only removes 30% of particles in the air, the advantage is that it does not need air filter replacement.
There are also Ozone Generators that alter oxygen molecules into ozone, deodorizing and disinfecting the air around it, making it free from bacteria and other microorganisms.
Since filter processes is not limited to a single stage, there are other technologies that manufacturers use to improve their product in terms of performance. One good example is the pre-filter. Even though HEPA filters have a large number of pleats to maximize their surface area, they can fill up quickly if larger particles are not pre-filtered out. A pre-filter captures the largest particles before they reach the more expensive HEPA filter. Most of the particles in air are large particles like dander and dust, not tiny ones like pollens and microbes.
Elements like activated carbon, zeolite, or potassium permanganate are added to air purifier filters to increase efficiency to the filtering system. These elements work to absorb smoke, gases, chemicals, and odors that are present in the air.
Ultraviolet light (UV) technology is key to neutralizing viruses and bacteria that accumulate in air purifier filters. It is important to use the UV technology in combination with HEPA air filters and possibly activated carbon.
The best kind of purifier actually depends on the need of the aspiring user. As these technologies are continually being improved, people may have a hard time assessing what they need.
It boils down to various factors that need to be considered.
Atop the list is checking for performance. It is advisable to look for a unit that removes a high amount of particles from the air, including smaller-sized pieces. The next thing to consider is the air volume capacity of the device. It is best to look for a unit that fits your room size so it would not be a problem on your spacing.
Since air purifiers also differ in the type of molecules they filter, it is best to evaluate what particular substances to be removed. Purifiers can filter smoke, germs, bacteria, and other microorganisms in the air.Read More
Technology is so good nowadays – you can do almost anything with your phone or on your computer. There are thousands of different kinds of gadgets that you can use to help you every day. However, there are those unpopular gizmos that nobody talks about: for example, do you know that there is a Stick and Find adhesive object that you can stick to anything (like car keys or the remote control) so you can find it?
The saying, “whatever you need, there’s a gadget that can do it” is almost a reality in this modern age. Here are some of these cool gadgets that you probably haven’t heard of yet but are really helpful for your daily life.
Stick and Find Stickers
Looking for your keys might be the hardest thing to do in the morning – especially when you’re on a rush to go to school or to work. Most people have the same problem, but not everyone knows the simple answer. Some inventors probably had the same problem when they were younger, and so they found out a solution: Stick and Find Stickers (StickNFind).
StickNFind is an indoor location beacon tag, allowing users to stick a locator for objects that they want to find. It’s a pretty simple device: stick it to any of your items, install the app on your phone, and voila! The app maps out the location of the said item. StickNFind Stickers are only 0.16 Inches (4.1mm) thin. With a compatible size, StickNFind Tracker can be easily stuck on to many items.
For people who are always on the go, they find having a tablet or a mobile phone very helpful while working because they can do their job almost anywhere they want. However, most computer-related tasks require someone to type a lot – and just relying solely on the touch keyboard on your gadget could be too inefficient in terms of productivity. Thankfully, there is a simple solution. Lo and behold, virtual keyboards.
CTX Virtual Technologies’ VK200, for example, can project a keyboard on any flat surface. These aren’t the physical keyboards that you can see every day, the keys are just projected by superior optic technology on any flat surface. The projected keys can now be pressed as if they were just keyboards. Very handy, very convenient, and very tech savvy for people who work on the go.
Whole House Air Purifiers
Your home is not safe from pollution, or other air-borne health hazards that can bug you and your family without you even noticing. In reality, indoor air could be unclean enough to aid allergies for you or your family members. Some people take for granted how important indoor air quality is, especially for those with lingering lung or allergy problems. Because of this, whole house air purifiers have been invented for everyone to use.
The most recommended by allergists prescribing an allergen avoidance regimen is for a family to have an indoor air purifier, like IQAir’sHealthPro series. Air purifiers directly tackle the problem of indoor air polluted by a host of irritants, including dust mite allergen, mold spores, pollen, pet dander, VOCs, smoke, and other toxic fumes.
It’s too much of a hassle for white-colored clothing, or shoes, or bags to get wet. Luckily, the trend of having hydrophobic coatings have caught on for innovators. Though the technology is not much talked about, one of the most useful inventions we have today are these hydrophobic coatings like Neverwet.
Hydrophobic coatings aren’t just used to prevent getting wet: they are actually invented to solve problems that loom from important household appliances, fixtures, or any other personal items. Water is often detrimental to materials when their surface becomes penetrated by moisture, such as metal surfaces that corrode or wood that degrades. Liquids can also harm electrical equipment (motors and switches) and cause them to fail. This is how important hydrophobic coatings are.Read More
As modern technology continues to advance, more and more gadgets are being invented to make people’s lives a lot easier and more convenient. These modern tools are truly extraordinary as they really can help you solve day to day dilemmas.
Admit it. You really have the need for an alarm that can outsmart and wake you instantaneously during lazy Monday mornings. Well, don’t fret because Clocky can make you run around the room before you can turn it off. This smart alarm clock runs away and hides as it continues to beep until you get off your bed. You can no longer snooze and go back to bed. Clocky is here to make sure that you will never be late for an appointment ever again.
If you live in a larger household, having a WiFi thermostat like the ecobee3 can be much more convenient. Just install and leave it. It automatically “learns” your preferences and schedule. It would then adjust the temperature in your house accordingly. Their very presence would probably make you more conscious about saving energy.The device itself is a bit pricey, though, but having them around your house gives you full control over the temperature in different rooms around your house.
Basically, the August Smart Lock lets you remotely control a door lock. Keys have never been particularly complicated, but the Smart Lock looks sleek, offers a hassle-free installation process, and, unlike similar devices, it goes over your deadbolt instead of replacing it entirely. Plus, the coolest feature of it is that it allows you to have your door open, closed, and locked without you touching the device!
EnviroKlenz is equipped with hospital-grade technology to provide maximum air cleaning efficiency for your home and office. EnviroKlenz-Air Mobile combines certified HEPA filtration together with patented EnviroKlenz-Air Cartridge that filters airborne pollen, dust, odors, mold, gases, fragrance, VOCs, allergens, bacteria, and more! This technological advancement makes it the best air purifier in the market today.
This unconventional device is called “Water Shade” for a very good reason. Its task is to keep a shield of water around the food it is sworn to protect. It’s both a dish and a cover, working with water to keep freshness in and everything larger than oxygen out! Designer Yitu Wang made this cool gadget with a built in sensor that detects your hand in approach. Only then would the shield of water disappear!
Combining conventional LCD and the latest TOLED display technology, the transparent TV designed by Michael Friebe of Loewe AG is indeed a marvelous piece of technology. This device allows you to create non-transparent and solid moving pictures with rich color reproduction and full contrast range from solid black to pure white.
Are you the type of person that always forgets which light switch is the switch for which light? Taewon Hwang came with the great idea of creating a master light switch with a simple design that shows you what lights you are turning on or off. Simply tap on the layout of the floor plan displayed on the switch to turn on or off the light on a specific area in your house.
The handle of the Smart Touch refrigerator has a built-in biometric sensor that has the ability to detect who is opening the fridge door. The food stored inside the fridge is then tagged to the people who put them there in the first place. Projectors on each food tray display ‘time stamps’ when you open the door. These stamps show the “owner” of the food, and by what time must it be consumed.Read More
Ouch. It sounds painful doesn’t it? If you have dropped your iPhone into a pool of water (sink, toilet, pool, pond), it can be difficult to know what to do next. Most people turn to Google and search ‘what to do if you’ve dropped your iPhone in water’. Doing this will bring up a multitude of articles (including this one) that tell you how to treat a water damaged iPhone – this is good. You’ll find that 90% of them suggest placing the iPhone into a container filled with uncooked rice to dry overnight – this is bad.
Why would drying your phone in a bowl of rice do it any harm? Here are 4 reasons why you should not use rice to dry a wet iPhone.
Uncooked rice is not that good an absorbent. In a study completed by Gazelle, different household products were tested against each other to see which was best at absorbing water. They compared seven different absorbing agents:
Uncooked rice was actually found to be the worst agent for absorbing moisture. It absorbed the least amount of water in a 24-hour period, thus trumping the myth that uncooked rice is a good desiccant.
All the rice method does is delay proper treatment. While your wet phone is submerged under a bed of rice, water will dry on the electrical board inside leaving residue around the connectors. This will cause lasting damage to the phone if left untreated and puts your data at risk. Even if the phone turns on after 24-72 hours in the rice, the damage will still be there. Lasting water damage in your iPhone will shorten its life expectancy and cause it to perform poorly after about four to six months.
Many users have found problems with faulty headphone and charger ports after drying their phone in rice (seriously, it happens more than you’d think). Many times, grains or even fragments of grains can get caught in these ports, or around the microphone. It’s extremely difficult to remove rice from inside an iPhone without damaging other components. Fixing it could actually harm the port and cost you quite a bit to repair. Your iPhone’s warranty does not cover external objects that get stuck inside your iPhone.
As mentioned before, the rice doesn’t absorb the water on the inside of the phone and that’s where the real problem lies. The real aim when drying your iPhone is to displace the water from the board, so that is doesn’t touch the electrical components inside. Water damage causes staining and corrosion. This can be fixed only when you take the phone apart and clean the internals. Isopropyl alcohol can be used to do this (more details on this below).
So now that you know what not to do when you drop your smartphone in water, let us tell you how to go about fixing it the right way!
It’s vitally important to remove the phone from water as soon as you can! Most times the amount of damage the phone attains, really does depend on the amount of time it spent in water.
While this may be a more frightening task for those of you that dropped your phone it the toilet, it’s necessary if you have any hope of saving your phone and it’s data.
This is important – don’t turn it on and do not charge it. As you know, water and electricals are, and always will be mortal enemies. If your phone falls into water while it is switched on, it can short circuit. That being said, once you retrieve it from the water, turn it off right away. If the power button is broken or it’s a black screen and the lock button isn’t working, have no fear. There are many ways you can quickly turn off your phone to avoid causing more damage.
While there are a lot of quick fix options out there, you should really get your phone to a professional right away and get it expertly treated. The methods you can find online can help in the interim (and some help you complete the task just like the experts), but it’s always better to be safe than sorry, in my opinion. Taking it to an expert can make sure all of the water is gone and your data is safe.
If you are not 100% sure the water is completely out of your phone, it will have a shorter life expectancy, and will not be able to withstand any physical knocks or little bumps months down the line.
Fancy a challenge? If you would like to fix your water damaged iPhone yourself, I commend you my friend as I am not the DIY type (I’m sure it’s not as hard as I think it is). As previously mentioned, there are a lot of great sites out there that will help you fix your water damaged phone, but these from Gazelle and iFixit are two of the best. After running their tests to determine which household product absorbs the most water, Gazelle determined that the first thing someone should do is to shake out the phone to remove some of the water. Then, to make sure the water doesn’t ruin the phone from the inside, opening up the phone and leaving it in front of a fan is the best way. iFixit’s article takes things a little further to ensure you can save your phone. Spoilers – you will need a Philips screwdriver, a toothbrush and isopropyl alcohol.
While methods you can find online may work perfectly fine and experts can bring almost everything back from the brink of the technology graveyard, a backup plan is never a bad idea. If you dropped your phone in the ocean, didn’t save your phone quick enough, couldn’t bare to reach into the toilet to save your tie to the rest of the world, or the phone saving methods just didn’t work for you; have no fear! If Facebook and Snapchat have taught us anything it’s that data is never completely gone.
If you lost your phone or it’s water damaged beyond repair, you can still access your data. There are many data recovery tools out there that can help you in this moment of crisis. Your pictures, videos, texts, WhatsApp messages and so many other file types are not lost forever. Without your phone you can extract your data from backup files, and if you have your phone you can use the software to extract your data from the device (just make sure it’s dry first).
Some recovery tools offer software that you need to buy, but there are also many free options as well. Just remember – while smartphones are pricey, they can be replaced. Your memories are priceless (and can be saved)!Read More
As the trend of various businesses moves towards offering their products and services online, electronic commerce, or more simply known as ecommerce, is making an impact that is felt in virtually all industries. Not only has it shaped a new landscape in regard to how transactions and trade are performed, but it is continuing to be one of the most convenient approaches to taking away the ‘distance’ factor for businesses.
Truly, it can be confidently said that it is the future of the economy. For this reason, many businessmen are finding themselves riding a new trend, as a significant number of companies have already migrated online and are now reaping all the benefits.
Then again, with all these great perks and advantages, a revolutionary digital tool has presented a much more demanding and competitive market in all industries it has touched. As such, small and medium enterprises (SME’s) have taken the risk and have jumped on the bandwagon together with much bigger businesses towards a much more expansive online arena.
In this business playing field, any player who is brave enough can learn, earn and grow as they present their products and services through the internet. Nowadays, it is just a matter of who makes the important steps to achieve more traction and audience. While technology remains the key in practically all business, ecommerce serves as that one big step to the next level. In this regard, it is important to take note of these three computing technologies that can and will raise the bar for ecommerce in the global market.
Most guides would declare that any aspiring ecommerce business should first create a limited liability company or LLC. As the name implies, an LLC provides a business with limited liability in case the owner is sued. Unlike a sole proprietorship, an LLC is a legal entity separate from the business owner. In other words, if someone sues the business, or one of the employees, the owner’s personal assets are protected.
The next step is to set-up the business as usual. Setting up the paper work such as opening a business checking account, putting a trademark on one’s intellectual property and getting tax permits get the ball rolling. After that, it is integral to check the competition and produce new ideas to be something newer and more different.
The last important step is to tap into the virtual market through online tools, such as creating a virtual presence with a website. In this regard, choosing the right content management system or CMS is the best way to go.
A content management system or CMS is a software application or set of related programs that are used to create and manage digital content. CMS’s are typically used for enterprise content management (ECM) and web content management (WCM). In other words, a CMS is an ecommerce solution that helps ecommerce businesses expand their audience by tools such as social media integration and SEO tools.
Content management systems are intended to help one’s business expand and grow to the upper niche. While simple web creation software can help an owner get a quick, informational site up, CMS software helps business owners to incorporate important eCommerce tools, such as shopping carts and point-of-sale systems.
One can also incorporate a customized help desk, live chat and inventory management. The best content management systems can track affiliate income including ad clicks on the site and third-party vendors that sell products.
The most prominent names in the CMS department only come down to two, namely: volusion and Shopify.
This volusion vs shopify era has been a game changer for ecommerce because they always aim to provide the better services and add-ons to their patrons. As such , it is important that an owner be informed on what factors should be noted of.
One of the primary functions of content management software is basic web creation. Most CMS programs come with traditional web-building tools and features, traditionally known as add-ons, so an owner can quickly upload a professional, working webpage, then develop it with more in-depth functions and tools later. Some features that are important for a CMS to include are a blog, wiki, discussion forms and other user-contribution features.
Although CMS’s already provide templates and utilities in which an owner can design his or her website, it is imperative that ecommerce professionals up the ante with regard to the appearance of their sites. The golden rule of business and advertising is that looks sell. In the online business world, one’s website represents the owner’s character and professionalism, whether people would trust him or her with their purchases. More often than not, the one that looks better sells more.
For this reason, it is important for business owners to acknowledge the need for professional expertise in this matter. One significant step towards achieving a good presence online is by hiring an expert coder or web designer. These professionals are equipped with the right programming knowledge that can help owners to customize their websites according to their preferences. In this way, businesspeople are more hands-on with their business, setting up their websites in a way that not only pleases their customers, but also pleases themselves.
Overall, web code experts or webmasters are very specific in giving customers a good experience in the site by following specific goals and guidelines. They recognize that it is extremely important to keep usability in mind and not sacrifice it just for the sake of appearance.
CMS also gives patrons a valuable amount of add-ons with regard to advertising tools, such as social media viewership and Search Engine Optimization. However, the bigger question lies whether it is sufficient to get a wider audience. Stepping up in using online advertising is a viable option to do just that. Online advertising is one of the most effective ways for businesses of all sizes to expand their reach, find new customers, and diversify their revenue streams.
With so many options available – from PPC and social media boosts to webpage ad display and in-app ads – online advertising can be intimidating to newcomers, but it does not have to be. Many establishments now offer services to boost online presence and sell more. Paid search – also known as pay-per-click advertising or PPC – is one of the most common and effective types of online advertising.
Paid search allows one to bid on relevant terms and phrases that may cause text-based ads to be displayed to users when they enter specific search queries into search engines. These terms and phrases are known as keywords, and they form the basis of PPC advertising. Advertisers bid on keywords as part of an ad auction. This ensures that all advertisers have a fair chance of their ads being displayed to users, rather than those with the biggest advertising budgets.
Keywords should be highly relevant to the owner’s business, organized and structured into logical ad groups separated by campaign type, and aligned with the correct match type in order to be displayed to the right visitors, at the right time, for the right campaign.
While paid search may have transformed internet advertising, paid social is transforming the web of tomorrow. Social networking remains the most popular virtual hub for adults all over the world, and advertisers have evolved their strategies to target consumers where they spend their time, namely on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. Paid social advertising functions similarly to paid search, with the notable exception that advertisers, not users, take the initiative – advertisers must “search” for users, rather than the other way around.
One of the greatest strengths of paid social advertising is the granularity with which advertisers can target prospective customers, and this principle underpins many social advertising platforms and products. Advertisers can target users with hundreds of parameters, from demographic data (such as age, gender, income, level of education, and marital status) to browsing preferences and social behavior.Read More
Having low testosterone is not something men should just shrug off. The problem is that most people can’t easily determine or simply just don’t initially care enough to have themselves checked for testosterone deficiency.
The most well-known and most drastic effect of low testosterone – or low T – is lack of sex drive in men. However, having low testosterone doesn’t only affect your sex drive and your ability to give a satisfactory performance during sex: it can have other serious physiological and psychological effects as well.
Ultimately, having low T serves as a factor in developing high risk medical conditions like diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure.
As such, it is imperative to take time and have your testosterone levels checked. To know more how your body relates to testosterone deficiency, here are the most common early warning signs of low testosterone that you should be mindful of:
Naturally produced by the body, testosterone is a hormone that helps build muscle and bone mass. Predominantly found in men, it stimulates sperm production, and increases a man’s libido. That being said, the most adverse symptom of having deficiency in testosterone is the drop in one’s sexual drives.
Testosterone plays a key role in libido (sex drive) in both men and women. By nature, men may experience some decline in sex drive as they age. However, someone with low T can likely experience a more drastic drop in his desire to have sex at a much earlier age. Low T can also decrease the sex drive in women, along with other factors, such as other hormonal and mood changes.
Apart from the psychological sex drive, low testosterone also affects the physical manifestations of sex drive as it decreases the ability for erection. In essence, testosterone alone doesn’t cause an erection, but it stimulates receptors in the brain to produce nitric oxide — a molecule that helps trigger an erection.
When testosterone levels are too low, a man may have difficulty achieving an erection prior to sex or experience spontaneous erections (for example, during sleep). Then again, other health problems can influence erectile function, so it is important to determine whether low T is causing this symptom.
Testosterone also plays a huge role in the production of semen – motility of one’s sperm is highly dependent in the production of semen.
The more testosterone a man has, the more semen he produces. Men with low T may notice a decrease in the volume of their semen production during ejaculation. When this happens, it is important to check if the condition is testosterone-related or a result of other serious condition.
Aside from the aspects of sexuality such as sex drive and erection, testosterone also has its contributions in other bodily functions and that includes hair production. Balding is a natural part of aging for many men, but men with low T may experience a loss of body and facial hair.
Male pattern hair loss is caused by three things: genes, hormones, and age. Roughly one-third of the male population starts to lose hair by the age of 45. By the time retirement rolls around, nearly all men have some degree of hair loss. However, if you are not old enough to be balding but are experiencing loss of hair nonetheless, you might just have testosterone deficiency.
Extreme fatigue is another symptom of having low T in men, especially when there’s a noticeable decrease in energy levels. If you feel that your energy level is unusually low despite having nutrition or proper rest, having low T might be a factor. You might be experiencing symptoms of low T if you are tired all of the time, despite getting plenty of sleep, or if you are finding it harder to get motivated to hit the gym or exercise.
It’s absolutely normal to experience dips in energy at points in the day. However, being tired all the time or tiring easily when you exercise could indicate something worse than needing more caffeine. In a study of men and women over the age of 65, scientists found that those with low testosterone easily felt exhausted, weren’t able to walk as fast as their peers with normal testosterone levels, and weren’t as active.
Fatigue and lack of energy can consequently cause a lot more problems for people with low T, since they won’t be able to maintain the best lifestyle – for example, they find it hard to do their usual routine like working out, jogging or walking around the block because of their lack of energy.
For men, the doctors say that the best course of action is to look for the natural sources of testosterone such as highly-nutritious food and some organic supplements. There’s also some organically made supplements – you may want to check out the best natural testosterone booster reviews for reference.
Physically and physiologically, low testosterone aids in an increase in body fat. Physically, men with low T can experience fatigue or low energy, which means that they can’t work out (as previously mentioned). Physiologically, men with low T may also experience increase in body fat. Sometimes, they can develop “gynecomastia”, a condition in which they develop enlarged breasts.
Consequently, patients may experience a struggle to lose weight (especially belly fat). Basically, testosterone helps regulate the placement of muscle and fat in your body, and a lack of this hormone shifts the balance in favor of fat, especially around your middle.
Furthermore, not only does low testosterone keep fat on your body, it also affects your ability to build muscle and can even make you lose the muscle you already have. When researchers measured testosterone levels and muscle density in 430 Japanese women, ages 40 to 79, researchers found low testosterone was associated with loss of muscle in their arms and legs over time.
Lack of testosterone can also give out signs of depression in men, as testosterone naturally aids in boosting the mood in general.
Researchers have found out that testosterone is significantly effective for boosting mood and treating depression in men with low baseline testosterone levels. In their study, testosterone has worked best in men with minor depression or dysthymia, a subtype of depression that is characterized by less severe but longer-lasting symptoms. On the other hand, the hormone has also proved to be helpful in men with more severe depression, but the effect is not as strong.
A clinical trial looking at testosterone’s effects on depressive symptoms was wrapping up around the same time the St. Louis researchers completed their study. The results of this six-month trial, published in the medical journal “Comprehensive evaluation of androgen replacement therapy in aging Japanese men with late-onset hypogonadism” by Keisuke Okada were consistent with previous studies in showing that testosterone replacement therapy effectively treats depression in men with low testosterone.
This study looked at 50 men with an average age of 57 who had low testosterone and were treated by urologists at the Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan. Thirty of the men were diagnosed with depression at the beginning of the study. For those men, depression symptoms significantly decreased by month 6, and only 11 of the 30 (36.7%) were still suffering from some depression after testosterone therapy.Read More
Human bodies are not designed for a sedentary lifestyle.
However, in this technologically driven society, people often feel there is no choice but to spend generous portions of the day sitting in one spot. The age of computers has brought about a surplus of a lot of office-based jobs that requires employees to sit in front of a desk for at least eight hours a day!
At this rate, even the average healthy person’s back can take a beating from this low-energy lifestyle. Typically, this lifestyle leads to increased pain, stiffness and long-term problems. Science shows that the body is naturally designed to be active, and sedentary positions cause back muscles to tense up from supporting the rest of the body in a single stance for too long. In turn, the spine is also adversely affected.
Back pain is one of the most common work-related injuries. More often than not, back pain is caused by accumulation of stress from ordinary work activities such as sitting in an office chair or heavy lifting. There are generally two types of back pain:
The non-accidental type of injury is what kills our backs. Surely, a few minutes of slouching may not cause a huge back pain, but after having a hundred few minutes accumulated after a week’s worth of poor body mechanics, anyone can definitely feel the back pain kick in.
The easy-access solution for this is ergonomics. Applying ergonomic principles – the study of the workplace as it relates to the worker – can help prevent work-related back pain and back injury, and help maintain a healthy back. The goal of an ergonomics program in industry is to adapt the workplace to a specific worker, depending on the job description, required tasks, and physical makeup of the employee performing those tasks. These, can then be applied to the office equipment, such as the chair or computer keyboard.
However, despite many companies promoting ergonomic working conditions, countless employees still continue to practice poor posture at their desk, even outside the office. Aside from sitting all day at the office, people also tend to sit awkwardly in heavy traffic during daily commute, while eating lunch or during coffee breaks. All this just adds to the stress on the back, which could lead to long-term (and oftentimes permanent) damage to the lower back’s ligaments.
Additionally, living a sedentary lifestyle in general contributes to obesity. This is another cause which can consequently lead to undue strain on the back. The joints and muscles are not designed to endure extra weight as the years go by, and as the bodies are aging and growing frailer, people still tend to demand that they can take on more work. It’s a vicious cycle that is detrimental to the whole body.
And it all starts in the back.
To treat back problems before they even come, there are ways to strengthen them. Looking at the big picture, strengthening the back requires these basic steps:
Engaging in exercise and fitness activities helps keep the back healthy by allowing discs to exchange fluids which is how the disc receives its nutrition. A healthy disc swells with water and squeeze it out, similar to the action of a sponge. This sponge action distributes nutrients to the disc.
Exercising the back also reduces stiffness by keeping the connective fibers of ligaments and tendons flexible. Improved mobility through back exercise helps prevent the connective fibers from tearing under stress, which in turn prevents injury and back pains.
This could include getting a chair specifically designed to alleviate back pain or an adjusted schedule to allow for stretches and an active breather from the cubicle.
Also, go out and make a personal effort to find ways to deal with back pain. If people can go out shopping for the best Trench Coats 2016 and the White Coat Black Friday Sale, surely you should be able to find a good deal on an ergonomic chair. Now, if it’s for the relief of back pains, it is important to be mindful of the best market for the best deal on ergonomic furniture, supported attachments and other back pain comforters in the market.
Here are the most important guidelines from Spine-health.com to help make sure that the office chair and work area are as comfortable as possible, and cause the least amount of stress to the spine: