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From ‘computer elbow’ to ‘texting thumb,’ repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) are becoming more commonplace, thanks to the prevalence of computers and other electronic devices in modern day living. Everyone needs to be aware of the hazards of RSI, as it can be a seriously painful condition. That said, it is quite easy to prevent by keeping in mind a few important safety tips recommended by your London physiotherapy professionals.
Maintain a neutral typing position with your wrist
When you’re typing on a keyboard, keep your wrists in neutral position. This means not bending your wrist in any way while you’re typing. If you can’t do so with your current keyboard, replace it with an ergonomic version.
RSI often develops in an individual’s mouse hand. Similar to keyboard use, keeping the wrist in a constantly bent position is to blame. Resting the wrist on a gel pad may help you keep it in a better position while using the mouse. You can also minimize mouse use by using keyboard shortcuts instead.
Take frequent breaks
Medical experts suggest taking a five-minute break after 20 to 30 minutes of continuous wrist activity. These breaks allow the muscles to relax and prevent them from becoming stiff and tense, which can eventually lead to RSI. If you are already suffering from the condition, then you should take more frequent and longer breaks.
Sit with your back straight
Bad posture increases your risk for RSI. Choose an ergonomic seat and adjust it so that you sit up straight while working. This makes it easier for you to maintain a neutral position with your wrists without putting additional strain on your tendons and sheaths.
Poor health is another RSI risk factor, so be sure to eat healthy and exercise regularly. Try to maintain the ideal weight, because obesity can cause you to sit in an awkward posture that leads to RSI and a host of other problems.
Prevention is always better than cure. It is not uncommon for RSI sufferers to become disabled or unable to perform daily tasks, so avoiding RSI should be a priority in your day-to-day activities. For more prevention and treatment tips, consult with a London physio practice such as CK Physio.
Tips to prevent RSI, NHS.uk
Why Repetitive Strain Injury is on the rise, IrishNews.com