Repetitive Strain Injuries   

Repetitive Strain Injuries

Repeating the same movements day in, day out result in tendons, nerves muscles, and other soft body tissues becoming stressed and damaged. While computer users in general are particularly prone to hand, arm, and shoulder injuries, mouse users often feel the first effects in their fingers and the soft part of the hand between the thumb and forefinger. This is known as Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) or Cumulative Trauma Disorder. Combined with bad posture and working habits, RSI can become a serious problem.Signs that you are succumbing to repetitive strain injuries are:

1. Stiff or sore hands, wrists, fingers, forearms, feet, legs, back or elbows

2. Pins and needles, coldness, pain or numbness

3. Pain that wakes you up at night

RSI is easier to prevent than cure. Check on posture and avoid resting limbs on sharp edges or unpadded surfaces.

Take frequent rests between repetitive tasks and use the time to stretch and relax. A cold office is conducive to RSI so try to keep the air conditioning at a minimum.

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