Friday, May 01, 2009

Tied to your keyboard? Look after your hands.

Hand injuries when typing ...

"Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is a collective term given to painful conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis.

These are frequently caused or aggravated by repetitive movements such as those made by musicians, sports professionals and, increasingly, computer users.

Last week, I covered some of the early warning signs to look out for: usually a pain, numbness or stiffness in a joint or muscle area.

To avoid RSI-related pain while using your computer, pay attention to the comfort of your arms, wrists, shoulders, back and neck, and take regular rest breaks. These aid recovery and will help you remain alert when you focus on work.

Software can help you take regular breaks by displaying a pop-up reminder on your screen."    (Continued via IOL Technology, Andrew Parker)    [Ergonomics Resources]

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