How TCM can help with Office Syndrome

Office syndrome is a group of symptoms caused by sitting or remaining in the same position for long periods of time, mainly while working on the computer in an office setting. When left untreated for prolonged periods, it can result in chronic pain, intervertebral disc disease and abnormalities in the spine. Your posture and your ability to function or move normally can be affected. Poor air quality in the office can cause further health damage.


Symptoms of office syndrome are:

-Headache and neck, shoulder and back pain

-Aching arms, wrists and fingers

-Numbness of wrist or feet

-Eye stain, dry eyes and glare


TCM can help with alleviating office syndrome symptoms by moving stagnant Qi, improving circulation and releasing muscle tension. The physical pain or discomfort can be significantly relieved by acupuncture or bone and muscle manipulations, whereas natural herbs can help with improving energy internally.

According to TCM theory, environmental wind can easily invade the body from the outside. Constant exposure to air conditioning in the office can result in a headache or muscle ache from the ‘wind’.  A ‘statement of fact’ in TCM teachings states: “Wind is the chief of the one hundred diseases”. Wind is often carries environmental factors into the body, and wind causes disturbances, literally moving the pain from joint to joint.TCM treatments for such pains are herbs for internal balancing, acupuncture, scraping (gua sha) or cupping.

If you are feeling the symptoms and want it to stop affecting your daily live, come see our TCM Physician to help manage this. TCM is natural, non-invasive and highly effective for treating this.

What you can do to manage office syndrome:

Your own behavior

-Change your sitting or working position every twenty or thirty minutes

-Stretch the muscles in your arms, hands, wrists and legs every hour. Get up and walk around.

-Make sure your wrists are in a straight position; do not bend or twist them too often

-Give your eyes a rest from the computer every ten minutes

-Sit with a straight posture

-Do not sit on the edge of your seat


Your workspace

-Set your computer and keyboard facing you

-The screen should be a little over your eyeline

-There should be a lot of space for you to use the mouse and mover your arms

-The computer should be an arms-length away from you