The body is an amazing instrument. From the time you're born to your teens, your body actually improves itself year after year. You are on a continual cycle of renewal and renovation - but not forever. Soon, what used to make you a little sore can cause excruciating pain. No longer can you find a comfortable position on a computer workstation you've been at for years. If the pattern of poor ergonomics continues unchecked, you may soon develop an overuse injury. Commonly referred to as Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSI) or Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD's), these injuries can become debilitating. Here are some articles that may save your body.
Handwriting for Healthy Hands
Be aware of your posture and sitting position when you write. Your body position affects the way you use your arm and hand. Here are some hints to follow when writing:
Musculoskeletal Disorders: Anatomy of an Injury
The average person working at a keyboard can perform 50,000 to 200,000 keystrokes a day. Small repetitive movements can disturb the delicate balance of muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the hand and cause cumulative trauma disorders (CTDs), also known as repetitive strain injuries (RSI’s) or musculoskeletal disorder (MSD's). These conditions occur over time and are also referred to as overuse articles. The use of proper keyboard and pointing device techniques, rest breaks, and a properly set up workstation, can significantly reduce the risk of developing an overuse injury.
Preventing Musculoskeletal Disorder
- Warm up and stretch before starting activities that are repetitive, static or prolonged.
- Take frequent breaks from any sustained posture every 20-30 minutes and stretch stiff muscles.
- Respect pain. Change positions or stop whenever activities cause pain.
- Recognize early signs of the inflammatory process, and treat early.
- Only use splints and wrist supports after instruction by your physician or therapist.
Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI):
What is Good Treatment?
Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is a common condition that encompasses many different injuries. The spectrum ranges from carpal tunnel syndrome to tendonitis.
Preventing Injuries at Computer Workstations
Repetition, awkward posture, high force levels and eye strain can lead to discomfort and injury when using a computer. Here are some ways to reduce your risk exposure:
Visual discomfort is a frequent complaint of computer workers. Eyestrain and headaches blurred vision are the most common problems reported. Other problems include double vision, burning and dry eyes, eye fatigue, light sensitivity, and after-images.
Preventing Visual Discomfort
Computer workstations present complex visual needs. Challenges can include uneven lighting, reflections and glare, and prolonged use of the eyes. Here are some guidelines to follow to reduce visual discomfort: