Are you taking care of your hands?

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If the object you touch most often during a day is the mouse, you face the risk of getting Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI).

Today I learnt that a close writing friend has been forced to take early retirement due to RSI. This unfortunate update has prompted me to re-visit an article I had written several years ago for Writing-World.com

RSI is a non-medical term that describes disorders related to performing repetitive tasks continuously, especially in an awkward or incorrect posture.  It usually begins with numbness or aching in the wrist, hand or arm. In extreme cases, the neck and shoulders are affected.

RSI is not an infection or a communicable disease. It can happen to anyone, with women three times more likely to develop CTS than men. All writers should look out for signs.

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RSI is not life-threatening but is an extremely painful disorder to live with and can affect your career. If your hand pains or if you have any of the above symptoms, please see your physician immediately.

REQUIRED READING:

Avoiding Repetitive-Stress Injuries: A Writer’s Guide, by Geoff Hart. If your livelihood depends on your hands – you may be a writer or a data analyst – this article highlights simple tips to prevent RSI.

Spend most of your time before a computer? Design your workstation with help from Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines.

Ergocise is a free, web-based ergonomic exercise program especially designed for computer users, combining a simple reminder program with over one hundred short animations of simple, ergonomically correct stretches and strengthening exercises.

The Typing Injury FAQ Provides a wide variety of information about repetitive strain injuries, resources for dealing with it, and description of products to reduce injury risk and symptoms.

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