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The Benefits of TCM and Acupuncture for “Computer Syndrome”


In modern society, everything is very fast-paced. If we don’t know how to adapt to the fast-paced society, it will affect us. It will make us stressed out and tired. If we let this continue for a while without any intervention, it will get worse and then become an issue. For example, computers are one of the greatest inventions nowadays. However, we need to know how to use them properly. We cannot sit in front of a computer for more than 3 hours without a stretch or without relaxing. If we don’t, we will have problems like back pain, neck pain, headache, dizziness, tingling within fingers, indigestion, fatigue, etc. Also, if you use one hand for the mouse, it will cause similar problems but is more acute because it is limited to arms and fingers.

In our office, we see this kind of problem appearing in different age groups. If you ask them to take an x-ray or MRI for their neck and vertebrae, the results of the scans will show either the curve of the neck or vertebrae has changed a little bit, or the person has a bulging disc, or other changes in the neck or vertebrae area. The reason this happens is because of when we work in office nowadays, we have high mental pressure to begin with, and then we do this for extended periods of time on an everyday basis, the connection between the brain and muscles specifically in the upper body and neck area, will compensate for the change because this is the new normal position. The neck and upper body will feel strange when you finish your job and try to relax — you will start to feel there is something different about your neck, upper body, arms, fingers, etc. Because of the pressure during this extended period of time, the whole body will be tensed, and especially the muscles at the beginning. When the muscles are tensed in such a way and for so long, the space between the vertebrae will get smaller and then the root of the nerve (which dominates the function of the arms, etc.) will be pinched. That is why we have tingling fingers, numbness of arms, dizziness, headache, neck pain, upper back pain, etc.

All we need to do about this problem is to relax ourselves during working time for short bursts of time by standing up, walking around for a bit, changing the hand you use for the mouse. We can adjust the height of the monitor regularly. In this way, the neck vertebrae position will be adjusted as well. Additionally, you can use TCM and acupuncture to relax the muscles, relieve the pressure. With these methods, the problem will be resolved.

If we do not take care of this and let it continue slowly, it will affect the whole body. It will specifically affect the lumbar area. The patients complain of the above symptoms but also with lower back pain, leg pain, sciatic nerve pain, etc. Sometimes, it could be the other way around – the lower back pain comes first, and then neck pain. That is why we have to pay attention to how long we use the computer.

In TCM and acupuncture, we have methods to deal with it.

  • First, we try to reduce the patient’s pressure or stress.
  • Second, we relax the muscular tension.
  • Third, we relieve or eliminate the local pains by enlarging the space between the vertebrae and the pinched nerve situation will be resolved.

In turn, the tingling, numbness, pain, etc. of the arm and neck areas will be gone. Fourth, patients also need to adjust their diet and exercise more. Fifth, keep neck area always warm. Sixth, consume more vinegar in your diet. Generally speaking, after three to six sessions of acupuncture, most people will feel much better and after about another six sessions, they will feel fine as long as there is no herniated disk present. To maintain well being of neck, lumbar, and vertebrae areas, it is a good idea to have an acupuncture and TCM treatment as a tune-up.

All of the above mentioned actually are neck-vertebrae syndrome and lumbar-vertebrae syndrome. But why did I call them computer syndrome? Because I wanted to stress the effect of the computer on us everyday. We must pay attention to its effect on our bodies.