Preventing Repetitive Strain Injury

Helping you to prevent RSI with advice and tips

What is RSI?

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) or Upper Limb Disorder (ULD) are problems that cause symptons which usually do not last long, but can be persistent and eventually disabling.

RSI or ULD cause aches and pain in hands, wrists, arms and neck. This because when you are using a computer, you are only really usign few muscles in your arms. This means that those joints become enflamed and create pressure on the joints and therefore cause pain.

How do I prevent RSI?

Repetitive Strain Injury can be prevented by a comfortable working area and also good working practices:

  • Adjust your chair position to suit you height so it is in a correct seating position for you.
  • Make sure there is enough space to work comfortably as being cramped in a small space will cause strain over time.
  • Use a document holder so that your desk is not cluttered and therefore you have more space.
  • Use an ergonomic keyboard/mouse and keeping your wrist straight when typing so as to improve the comfiness in the position of your arms and hands. It may also help if you position the mouse so that you may use it while still keeping your wrists straight.
  • Use a wrist rest and as this will reduce aches on them.
  • Learn how to type properly as two-fingered typing has been found to be much worse for RSI.

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