Guide on Ergonomics

By Smit Bhagat and Mostafa Bander

What is RSI?

RSI stands for Repetitive Strain Injury. RSI is a condition in which the prolonged performance of repetitive actions, typically with the hands, causes pain or impairment of function in the tendons and muscles involved. Some examples of RSI can be frequent and constant use of one part of your body such as your hands when you type or use the mouse.

Symptoms and Stages of Injury of RSI

There are some things that come into play with RSI. One being some symptoms. Some examples would be:

- Pain, acing, or tenderness

- Stiffness

- Throbbing

- weakness


After that there some stages that come to RSI.


Type 1: Well defined syndromes such as carpal tunnel syndrome.

- Tendonitis (tendon)

- Tenosynovitis (tendon)


Type 2:

- Not a well defined syndrome

- No measurable signs

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Prevention of RSI

Although there are a lot of cons to RSI. There are ways you can prevent RSI. Some examples would be:

- Have a good posture at work

- Have breaks every 10-15 minutes

- Take breaks from long tasks

- Relax, breathe normally

- Position your computer so you don't strain your neck

What is Ergonomics?

Now that we know what RSI is, lets find out what Ergonomics is. Ergonomics is the study of people's efficiency in their working environment. Ergonomics allows us to see how people are at work and ways that can benefit them. An example would be RSI and how we deal with it is an example of Ergonomics.

Office Exercises

At work you have many ways to get you working. One way is known as Office Exercise. Office Exercise is basically exercising in an office. Some examples would be:

- Chin Ups

- Arm Stretches

- Neck Rotations

- Blink


You can also take breaks and look around every 10-15 minutes so your brain isn't constantly focused on work. These exercises can also reduced chances of RSI. It also reduces your stress level on how much you work.

Ergonomics at the work place

Other Things You Can Do...

The list doesn't stop there on Ergonomics. You can still do many things like the way you sit when you work:

- Back against your chair

- Keyboard in front of body

- Elbows at 100-110 degrees

- Adjust blinds and lighting

- Try to have an armrest on chair

- Document holder


These are just a few examples to things you can do.

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