|Article Author : Becky
Date : 15th Jun 2005
Comments : 6
What is RSI?
The term ‘Repetitive Strain Injury' covers a broad range of problems caused by and aggravated by frequently repeated movements . Over time it can give rise to a number of related problems which range from minor, constant aches and discomfort to permanent disablements. It is an array of conditions which affect muscles, tendons, nerves and other soft tissues. Nowadays, the increasing use of computers has caused an increase in the chances of developing RSI; if you use a computer frequently it is in your interests to know and understand the risks involved. RSI is far easier to prevent than to cure, and by following a number of suggestions it is possible to keep the risk of RSI to a minimal level. Of course, if you subject your body to a frequently repeated movement the ideal solution would be to stop doing it in the first place, but often this is not possible. This article provides a helpful guide on how to avoid RSI in relation to using computers as much as possible.
Symptoms - How can I tell if I may suffer from RSI?
RSI can affect the neck shoulders, upper back, lower back, upper arm, forearm, elbows, wrists, thumbs and fingers (not necessarily all at once). Pain and soreness is often encountered in the neck, upper back and shoulders, and the hands tend to be affected by weakness, fatigue, aching, lack of endurance and loss of grip. Muscles frequently tighten up leaving them feeling hard and tense, especially in the arm and shoulders. Symptoms in the hands can be very diverse; factors such as tingling, numbness, loss of feeling, coldness, and loss of dexterity are all signs of RSI. Furthermore, suffers tend to feel the need to self-massage quite frequently.
There are a number of things that can be done to avoid the onset of RSI when using a computer frequently. Among the most important of those is having and maintaining a good posture at your computer. There are a number of useful products on the market nowadays that are specially designed to help prevent RSI, and these are also worth investing in. Remember that preventing RSI is easy to do; curing it is more difficult.
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