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Dealing with RSI

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by TechTock, Aug 4, 2012.

  1. TechTock

    TechTock Byte Poster

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    I've had RSI in both wrists for a few years and it's getting worse. Anyone suffer from RSI and have any tips on managing it?
     
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  2. shadowwebs

    shadowwebs Megabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    I do not suffer from RSI, the best advice I could think is that you visit your GP or speak to someone in your workplace that may be able to put measures in place to assist you.
     
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  3. SimonV

    SimonV Petabyte Poster Administrator

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    At my previous employment I was suffering from slight RSI, I spoke to my boss and they did some kind of work place environment assessment blah blah blah. They got me a new chair, wrist rests for mouse and keyboard and free eye test plus 30% discount on new glasses.
     
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  4. dmarsh

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    I think making macro movements is important to increase blood supply, basically try to avoid small movements and inactivity.

    Talk to a specialist and maybe look into the alexandra technique, basically the body was never designed for modern office conditions and its slowly killing all of us...
     
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  5. SimonD

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    I was going to suggest practicing ambidextrous onanism but that may cause you more problems at work :p.

    On a more serious note, try for an ergonomic keyboard and different chair. Also have a chat with your H&S person at work, it could be that your chair\desk\keyboard\monitor are incorrectly placed and they 'should' know the right distances.
     
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    The Zig Kilobyte Poster Forum Leader

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    But he already has RSI in BOTH wrists Simon... :lol:

    As said above, talk to your employer. They have a duty of care toward you here, and RSI is a well recognised risk of working with computers. Unless you're working for a VERY small company (less than 5 employees), there should be someone taking care of health and safety, and if you report it to them, they'll sort you out with some improved equipment, or some kind of plan to reduce the problem. The typical solutions include wrist-rests, a better keyboard, a better chair that can be adjusted to the right position, or training/a review in how to get everything set up right for you and exercises or movements to reduce the problem.

    As dmarsh says, we've been scrabbling about on this planet, more or less as we are now, for a good 50,000 years. The last 50 or so is the first time we've ever needed to sit still 8 hours a day just moving our fingers. It's fundamentally unnatural, not all that good for us, and deserves to be taken seriously...
     
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  7. TechTock

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    Cheers guys for all the replies. I'm trying to take more rests from intensive keyboard work. It's an awful condition and has already made me stop playing computer games as the burning sensation is painful.
     
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