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John F. O'Hara
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Six Ways to Relieve Workplace Neck Pain

December 9, 2014 2:09 am

Chronic osteoarthritis conditions result from extended periods of sitting and poor posture – both of which occur in an office setting. According to the Arthritis Foundation, 27 million Americans suffer from some form of osteoarthritis, with the majority reporting increases in neck pain after spending hours hunched over a computer screen.

The next time you sit down at work, prevent or ease neck pain with these tips:

1. Take standing breaks.
Don’t be afraid to step away from your keyboard during the workday. Go outside to get some fresh air, stretch, or visit a coworker’s desk instead of sending an email.

2. Keep feet flat on the floor. This technique prevents your back from arching, straightening your posture.

3. Use a headset to talk on the phone. If you spend the majority of your day using the phone, reduce strain on your neck with a headset.

4. Avoid carrying heavy items on one shoulder. Alternate shoulders when carrying heavy items, such as a purse or briefcase, to avoid aggravating the muscles in your neck and upper back.

5. Disconnect during the evening. With the average full-time office employee spending more than 40 hours per week in front of a computer screen, consider unplugging your electronic devices and spending time relaxing.

6. Stay active. Movement helps reduce stiffness, increase flexibility and strengthen joints.

Source: Massage Envy Spa

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Holiday Home Concerns Differ between Men and Women

December 9, 2014 2:09 am

Men and women have slight differences in what concerns them most when protecting their home or apartment during the holidays, according to a recently released survey by Protect Your Bubble. Theft and burglary top the list of concerns overall, but men and women have different views when it comes to home appliances.

“Millions of people look forward to the holidays all year because it’s a joyous time to be with friends and family,” said David Anderson, Director of Product at Protect Your Bubble. “Conversely, the holiday season also amplifies anxiety for many since there is a multitude of ways harm can find us, from increased travel headaches and damaged devices in the snow to malicious identity threats during times of increased online shopping.”

Among the highlights of the survey:

Home Security Concerns

Overall, the majority of respondents (68 percent) said they are most worried about a theft or burglary during the holidays. Fire damage while home or away represented 17 percent of concerns, while water damage while home or away represented 13 percent of concerns. In addition:
  • More men are concerned with theft from their apartment or home, while most women are concerned with damage from pests or water.
Identity Theft Concerns

In response to all the recent attention on data breaches, most women say they do not plan on changing their shopping habits when it comes to identity theft (51 percent), while most men (38 percent) say the recent data breaches concern them and they will step up their efforts to protect their identity this holiday season. In addition:
  • Most men say they would use mobile payments about 50 percent of the time if it was as widely accepted as credit cards, while most women say they are still unsure of mobile technology.
Home Appliance Concerns
  • Most women are concerned with mechanical problems, while most men are concerned with getting prompt, in-home repairs.
  • Women are more concerned with protecting the refrigerator and washing machine, while men are concerned about protecting the microwave. Women are also slightly more concerned with food spoilage in their refrigerator should mechanical problems or power surge occur.
Source: Protect Your Bubble

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