Keep RSI at bay

Keep RSI at bay

Computer users tend to get engrossed in whatever they are doing. Whether it is browsing the internet, playing a game or being engaged in work the total focus of the user is on the computer. This is where an unseen or rather an unperceived danger lurks.

Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI) is an invisible assailant that you must be wary about. Your soft tissue is at risk of injury and conditions like Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, Tendinosis and Tendinitis can occur. Treating these conditions once they are past a certain level is a long and painful process. So preventing it ever occurring is the best course of action to take.

1. Every hour or so, get up from you chair and walk around the room. Do this for a few minutes and try to do some light stretching as well.
2. Switch between the mouse and keyboard on and off. That way the hand resting on the mouse is forced to switch to different movements.
3. Get an ergonomic keyboard and mouse. This will give your hands a better resting position which is more natural.
4. Use a mouse pad that has gel based or cushioned resting position for your wrist.
5. Position you keyboard and mouse on your table in such a way that there is enough room for your arms to rest on the table comfortably. This is to alleviate the stress placed on the joints of your wrists.
6. Get a chair that has good lumbar support. It should also enable you sit in a better posture.
7. Position your monitor at a proper height and angle so that there is minimal or no strain on you neck.

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