Stop RSI's with Ergonomics!

What is a RSI?

RSI stands for a repetitive strain injury. The term describes pain caused by repetitive movement and muscle overuse, in muscles, nerves and tendons.


RSI's often affect people whose work consists of spending the full day sitting and typing.

Parts of the Body Commonly Affected by RSI's

RSI's are common to these parts of the body:
  • elbows
  • wrists and hands
  • neck and back
  • feet

Symptoms of an RSI

The severity of RSI symptoms increase over time.


Symptoms include:

  • pain, aching and tenderness
  • stiffness
  • throbbing
  • tingling or numbness
  • weakness
  • cramp

Stages of an RSI

There are 3 major RSI stages. The severity of the symptoms increase over time if the RSI is left untreated.

Stage 1 RSI

Occurrence: Overuse of a muscle during a certain activity.

Symptoms: Pain. aching and tiredness in the affected muscle during a repetitive movement.

Ability to be reversed: This stage can be reversed if the affected muscle is put to rest.

Stage 2 RSI

Occurrence: Stage 1 RSI is left untreated and without rest.

Symptoms: Longer periods of pain. aching and tiredness in the affected muscle during repetitive movements. Symptoms also interfere with other activities throughout the day like sleeping.

Ability to be reversed: This stage can be reversed if the affected muscle is put to rest.

Stage 3 RSI

Occurrence: Stage 2 RSI is left untreated and without rest.

Symptoms: Constant pain in the affected muscle throughout the day. Includes aching, weakness and fatigue in the muscle while resting and carrying out light everyday activities such as dressing. There is also swelling, redness and warmth in the affected area.

Ability to be reversed: This stage will last for years and is often irreversible.

Prevention - Ergonomics!

Ergonomics is a way to prevent RSI's. It refers to adjusting your workplace (or anywhere you take part in a repetitive movement that could lead to a RSI) so it fits you.

It involves adjusting the furniture, tools and peripherals in your workplace so that you are comfortable, productive and safe while working.


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