Keyboarding and Ergonomics
Improve your well being at work
Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
Symptoms of RSI
Stages of Injury
Stage 1 (early symptoms): Stage one begins to put pain on the "sufferer" as they continue to repeat a particular action. Luckily for the sufferer, the symptoms may lessen if their muscles and affected tendons are given a break!
Stage 2 (later symptoms): If the condition isn't cared for, stage 1 will only begin to get worse. Stage 2 consists of swelling, redness, and muscle or joint stiffness. These symptoms could possibly last for months.
Stage 3 (severe symptoms): Severe symptoms of RSI are just as bad as they sound. The sufferer may not even be able to perform simple tasks at home, let alone continue to work. The sufferer could experience pain, weakness, and fatigue, even during sleep.
How to Prevent RSI (ergonomics)
- increase comfort
- prevent stress
- reduce risk of injury
- decrease fatigue
- Sitting down all day is as bad as smoking a pack of cigarettes?! Obviously, these 2 actions harm you in completely different ways, but researchers discovered that sitting 6-8 hours a day is just as unhealthy as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day!
- Sitting down all day makes you prone to heart attacks?! According to the research of scientists from the Pennington Biomedical Research center, people who sit down for most of the day are 54 percent more likely to die from a heart attack!
- Sitting down all day makes you more likely to contract diseases?! Research shows that sitting increases your chances of getting diabetes, heart problems, and even cancer.
Now you know! In short, you should not always sit down at a desk. Be sure to use ergonomics so that you don't strain yourself the next time you use your computer! And in this time and age, that "next time" will be coming really soon.
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