Posted by: ugleepen | April 13, 2011

5 Tips to Help Prevent Repetitive Stress Injury

Repetitive Stress Injury

Repetitive Stress Injury

We’ve spoken many times about carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) and the causes, concerns, and possible cures. It remains a major problem today since so many of us spend a great deal of time at the computer, whether for work or for recreation, putting us all at risk for developing this type of repetitive stress injury (RSI).

To help prevent RSI of the hand and wrist, here are 5 practical tips that you can use at the office or at home. Make sure your family is aware of these suggestions as well. Even children spend an inordinate amount of time on the computer these days, not only at home but in the classroom.
 

  1. Breaks
    Take frequent breaks from the keyboard. You’ve heard this over and over, but I’ll bet you don’t really put this into practice. Take 5 minutes every hour or so to take your hands off of the keyboard and get up and stretch. You need to give your hands a rest from the repetitive motion that can contribute to RSI injuries.
  2. Exercise
    Whatever type of exercise you do over the course of the day (either at a gym, or just walking to your car), include exercise of your arms and hands. Give your arms, hands, wrists, and fingers a workout. There are many specific exercises to help prevent CTS and RSI and you can find demonstrations of these on youtube.com.
  3. Support
    Check with your physician for suggestions on the best type of wrist support for you. This will depend on how advanced your symptoms of CTS are. There are a variety of supports available, including wrist braces and wrist rests for in front of the keyboard.
  4. Keyboard/Mouse
    If you’re spending a great deal of time in front of a computer or laptop every day, you might want to consider changing your keyboard/mouse configuration. This could include adding an external mouse to your laptop, or adding an ergonomically configured keyboard to your computer.
  5. Rest
    Whenever possible you want to rest your hand by simply not adding more stress. An easy way to do this is to use my ergonomic UGLee Pen whenever you write. The pen is scientifically designed to actually relax your hand as you use it. Whether you’re writing a lot at work, or simply writing out a grocery list at home, using this comfort pen truly gives your hand a rest.

(Photo credit – personalinjuryclaims1.co.uk)

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Responses

  1. As an ex-RSI sufferer i know these tips are not useful. If anything they work counter productive. They condition our brain, if we don’t follow these instructions, the greater the chance we devellop RSI.

    RSI is a mindbody disorder, after 2 years of pain i got rid of it in one week! I’ve read a great book by Dr. Sarno, it’s called The Mindbody Prescription. There is plenty info about his great work on the internet. You can heal yourself! I’m back behind a computer >8 hours a day without any adjustments, and free of pain!

    • I appreciate your input, Jen. It’s always good to review new treatment information. What doesn’t work for one, may work for another. Great news about your ability to return to computer work with no pain. Best of luck to you.


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