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Lifestyle Specific Health Screening

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Health screening programs that suit your individual lifestyles are like a guide showing you the most appropriate route to good health.
  • Office syndrome does not exclusively affect those of working age but can also be found among the over 50s and retired persons who work to supplement their income.
  • Office syndrome refers to symptoms that arise due to taking up the same working positions repeatedly over an extended period of time. Key symptoms include aches and pains, trigger fingers, De Quervain’s tenosynovitis, numbness in the fingers and legs, vision deterioration, as well as underlying stress.

 

Health Checkup

Annual health checkups were previously regarded as being the best way to identify potential risk factors that could ultimately prevent disease. However, the fact that every one of us has a unique lifestyle means the risk factors or health indicators also differ from person to person. If we are able to identify which type of lifestyle we lead alongside the type of work we carry out, it could enable us to understand more about our health and thereby identify the most suitable form of health screening program for our own unique needs.

Lifestyle specific health screening programs

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Service industry employees, including cleaning staff Administrative staff Shift workers (flexible working hours) Sportspersons, exercise lovers and those who travel often Vegetarians, vegans and ethical eaters Celebrities and socialites (those who love to party)
Annual health screening (according to age) Various programs that are designed according to a person’s age, gender and likely risk factors
Gastroenterological health screening (suited for people who eat at irregular times of the day, including those who regularly suffer from stomach cramps, indigestion and acid reflux) Consultation with a gastroenterologist to screen for the causes behind digestive health irregularities
Colon health screening (suited for people who suffer from chronic constipation or diarrhea as well as those with a family history of colon cancer and those over the age of 50) Consultation with a specialist in gastroenterology and colon health to identify any potential irregularities while also screening for colon cancer
Orthopedic and musculoskeletal health screening Consultation with a specialist in orthopedics and sports science to screen and diagnose orthopedic injuries or abnormalities affecting the musculoskeletal system
Stress hormone (cortisol) and sleep hormone (melatonin) screening Consultation with a doctor specializing in endocrinology to redress any hormone imbalances that may be causing stress and impact sleep quality as well as suggesting lifestyle adjustments according to the unique hormonal needs of the individual
Vitamin and mineral level screening Consultation with an anti-aging specialist and rehabilitative expert to redress any vitamin and mineral imbalances while also suggesting lifestyle adjustments suited to the unique needs of the individual
Physical capability and fitness screening VO2Max assessment to measure a person’s physical capabilities regarding the maximum amount of oxygen that can be processed for use during exercise
Full body health screening for runners, cyclists, golfers, football players and triathletes Health screening that includes a consultation with a doctor specializing in orthopedics and sports science to optimize the performance of athletes, including runners, cyclists, soccer players and triathletes.
Health screening aimed at prolonging the aging process and finding body’s natural balance Consultation with an anti-aging specialist and rehabilitative expert to redress a body’s natural imbalances while also making targeted lifestyle adjustments suited to the individual’s unique needs
Liver health screening using FibroScan® for those who regularly drink alcohol Diagnosis aimed at identifying the formation of a membrane in the liver tissue of those suffering from chronic liver disease or analyzing the accumulation of liver fats in those suffering from alcohol-related fatty liver disease
Genetically-related cancer risk screening in those who have a family history of the disease Consultation with a specialist in genetics and hereditary disease to identify an individual’s specific risk of developing a disease in the future, especially with regard to hereditary forms of cancer

In addition to lifestyle specific health screening, there is a health disorder that may result from certain types of activities or from spending extended periods on electronic communication devices using social media – a condition that is called office syndrome.

Office syndrome refers to symptoms that arise due to taking up the same working positions repeatedly over an extended period of time. Key symptoms include aches and pains, trigger fingers, De Quervain’s tenosynovitis, numbness in the fingers and legs, vision deterioration as well as underlying stress.

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Office syndrome symptoms

  • Myofascial pain syndrome is the most common group of symptoms. These tend to affect those of working age due to the nature of their job requiring them to take up the same position repeatedly or to carry out the same activity until an overuse injury occurs that the body finds difficult to repair properly. Such an injury can become chronic while the muscle involved often turns into a taut band that could become a trigger point that is extremely sensitive and painful to the touch.
  • Headaches that may cause pain behind the eyes and frequent migraine
  • Accumulation of stress due to anxiety and not getting sufficient rest.
  • Pain, tightness and numbness that can occur throughout the body as a result of sitting in the same position for extended periods of time as this could lead to pressure on nerve endings or circulatory problems.
  • Trigger fingers due to inflammation affecting the tendons located in the fingers causing them to swell and become much less flexible than usual.

Not properly treated office syndrome symptoms can lead to an increased risk of other disorders, including a slipped disk, scoliosis and severe muscle weakness. It could also result in depression due to the effects that stress can have on a person’s physical and mental health.

Protecting yourself against office syndrome

  • Avoid sitting hunched over or with your shoulders unusually high, while making sure that you regularly stretch your muscles and do not sit working for too long at a time.
  • Be sure to exercise regularly in order to stretch your muscles and energize them, especially through sports and activities that promote muscle strength, such as yoga or Pilates, because the increased muscle durability will help to reduce tension and prevent against muscle strains.
  • Make adjustments to your work space, such as replacing your desk and chair with ones that support your neck and head, ensuring that the chair is a suitable height that allows your feet to rest firmly on the floor, with your knees at the same height or lower than your hips.
  • Undergo Redcord® analysis aimed at identifying and treating chronic joint and muscle pain.
  • Ensure that you carry out the relevant stretches that can prevent office syndrome.

Treating office syndrome

  • Limiting the pain in certain areas through the use of acupuncture and using pain relief injections for certain other areas.
  • Using various equipment to carry out physiotherapy or massaging certain problem areas.
  • Exercising in a way that promotes muscle strength and endurance for those muscle groups that are commonly affected by the condition.

Whatever your lifestyle, you will be able to find a screening program that offers you sustained health alongside early detection of disease.


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