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Preventing RSI

What Is RSI?

It is all too easy to forget about your health while you’re busy browsing the Web, using your PC at work or playing games.Using a computer for more than a few hours a day can put you at risk from RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury).RSI is used to describe many different types of soft tissue injury including carpel tunnel syndrome and tendinitis. It is usually caused by repetitive motions, poor posture and stress, and has the potential to cause crippling disability and pain.

How to help prevent RSI

For people whose jobs require frequent use of computers it may seem very difficult to avoid the potential problems caused by RSI, but fortunately there are a few things you can do to try and protect yourself:

• Make sure to take regular breaks away from your PC if you can; get up and walk around for a few minutes each hour.

• Also, try and alternate between using your keyboard and mouse rather than relying on the mouse for everything. And when you do use your mouse, move with your shoulder rather than putting all the strain on your wrist

• You can buy mouse mats that have gel wrist support.

• There is also a useful free program called Workravethat can help prevent RSI. The program reminds you to take breaks at set times as well as letting you set micro-pauses and daily limits.

One Response to "Preventing RSI"

  • Roland Millward
    May 7, 2010 - 10:28 pm Reply

    A very interesting post. I used a laptop with a trackpad and found that after several months it affected one of my fingers and caused the need to buy a mouse! You would never think that something like that could cause a problem until it happens.

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