Friday, 12 January 2018

Combat Repetitive Strain Injury - Because Work Shouldn't Hurt

Combat RSI

There are several factors that could increase your risk of being affected by RSI during your work lifetime. If you work in an office and work long hours at your desk, you may be aware of the pain and discomfort that RSI can cause. RSI describes the pain felt in muscles, nerves and tendons caused by repetitive movement and overuse. It's also called work-related upper limb disorder or non-specific upper limb pain and the 3 most common types of RSI are: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Tendonitis and De Quervain's disease. RSI is not only suffered by people who work in an office, but anyone who make repeated motions.

Having suffered with computer related RSI myself it can be debilitating, I remember being woken up out of my sleep from the pain in my fingers and wrist on my right hand which literally had me in tears.

Repeated motions like using a mouse can cause RSI.

Repetitive Strain Injury

Employers should be performing risk assessments and encouraging staff to take regular breaks by either walking around and stretching to reduce muscular strain. 

Try this exercise designed to help improve the range of movement in your wrist joint by placing your arms flat on a table. Place your palms together in a praying position. Push your palms together as hard as you can and hold for 20 sec and repeat 3 times.

Repetitive Strain Injury Awareness Day is being celebrated on 23rd February and created by Catherine Fenech, she describes herself as an injured work activist and started this yearly event to help increase awareness. The event is now held annually around the world to focus attention on a serious workplaces health condition that limits normal daily activities and causes persistent pain.

Penclic have created a range of computer accessories to help prevent and eliminate the symptoms associated with RSI to use in the workspace.

Mini KB3 Bluetooth Keyboard - £79.99 from Penclic

Repetitive Strain Injury

The latest addition to the Penclic collection the KB3, has been designed to improve your working position. The keyboard doesn't contain a number pad which improves your working position by placing your elbows closer to you as you type. Similarly, it reduces the distance to the mouse eliminating unnecessary additional movement and the low profile of the keyboard keeps your writs as flat as possible.

Bluetooth Mouse - £79.99 from Penclic

Repetitive Strain Injury

Penclic also offer the stylish B3 Bluetooth mouse perfect for both lefties and righties. This pen like a mouse connects seamlessly via Bluetooth and puts your hand into a natural position without sacrificing on precision.

Have you ever suffered with RSI?

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