How to Combat Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) at Work
Do you have a desk job or find yourself constantly on your phone? Do you suffer aches and pains in different parts of your body? Depending on how often you're on your computer or phone and the certain positions in which you use these devices, you may be experiencing one of the following physical ailments.
Poor Posture & Bad Back
Staring at your phone or computer could be destroying your back. A study has found that when you tilt your head 60 degrees to stare at your phone, you’re putting 60 pounds of pressure on your neck. In addition, staring at your computer screen for long periods of time can also ruin your posture and ultimately your back.
Try your best to keep your devices as close to eye level as possible to avoid neck and back strain.
Mouse/Cell Phone Elbow
If you spend quite a lot of time on your keyboard or chatting on your phone, you may develop mouse or cell phone elbow (medically named cubital tunnel syndrome). When holding your elbow at an angle for long periods of time, you can develop this repetitive strain injury which compresses the ulnar nerve that runs from your neck to your hand. You usually feel tingling, numbness, burning or aching in your forearm and your pinky and ring fingers.
Try substituting a headset, earbuds, or bluetooth for your ear when speaking on the phone. When typing on a keyboard, try frequently switching up the position of your hands.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Do you often experience a numbness and tingling sensation in your hand and arm? Chances are, you may be scrolling, tapping or swiping your way to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, a feeling that is likely caused by a pinched nerve in your wrist.
You can ice your wrist for 10 to 15 minutes, once or twice an hour. But the best way is to lessen the activities that cause the numbness and pain or rest your writs longer between such activities. A wrist splint may also help.
Text Claw & Texting Thumb
Repetitive activity, like often gripping your smartphone, could cause muscle tension, irritate current conditions like tendonitis, or even cause wrist and forearm pains. Though these aren’t the medical terms, text claw and texting thumb may involve medical treatment like cortisone injections or even surgery.
You can try changing up your texting style by using your index fingers to give your thumbs a break. Another option is using voice text to give your entire hand a rest.
How To Heal from Office Related Injuries
Evaluate the role technology plays in your life and whether it may be the cause of any of the above problems.
First off, if it’s possible, put your phone down and step away from your computer. Try your best to take frequent breaks from using these devices in order to give your thumbs, hands, arms, elbows, and neck a rest. Go for a walk or make yourself a snack. Do anything to break the monotony of using these devices.
Show the parts of your body some TLC with stretches and gentle exercises. Also, regularly using the Gelliflex® Abacus® can also help reduce these pains over time. With thousands of customizable restorative techniques, you can trigger the parts of your body that experience the most repetitive activity and pain.
Check out our YouTube channel for videos on how to perform these popular techniques on the areas you wish to target.