A note of precaution regarding repetitive stress injuries.
Repetitive stress injuries are nothing new and are not limited to the computer industry. People who do repetitive work or participate in a sport or play an instrument with long time on task are susceptible to this type of injury, particularly those who do no use proper technique. People who use computers are susceptible to carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, pinched nerves, backache, and other problems.
Sometimes repetitive stress injuries are not reversible with the result that people are not able to continue to work as before, nor are they able to enjoy many of the recreational activities they participated in before they were injured.
If you practice the good work habits, you will do a great deal to protect yourself from repetitive stress injuries.
Begin now, be persistent, and make safe practices a habit.
Computer Safety Hourly Routine:
· Get up and walk away from your computer every 15 minutes
Check your mail
Drink some water
Run a short errand
· Take frequent mini-breaks to
Shrug your shoulders
Shake your arms
Rotate your ankles and wrists
Close your eyes
Pay Attention to your body’s signals
**** The information ,advice and exercises presented on this website are in no way intended as a substitute for medical counseling. To reduce the risk of injury consult your doctor immediately if experiencing difficulties. CCSF disclaims any liability or loss in connection with information, advice and exercises herein.
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