Ergonomics if the key to preventing RSI at your work desk or PC.
Preventing RSI With Ergonomics
According to the dictionary, Ergonomics is:
The applied science of equipment design, as for the workplace, intended to maximize productivity by reducing operator fatigue and discomfort. Also called biotechnology, human engineering, human factors engineering.
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Are you still with me?
In case you fell asleep in the middle of that quote, the point is this:
Ergonomics is important because it’s your ticket out of a life of pain and into one of productivity. – If RSI is the problem, then ergonomics is the solution.
For the purposes of this series, I am going to zero in on “reducing operator fatigue and discomfort” as it applies to computer use.
Preventing RSI: A Trip To The Doctor
I’ve never been officially diagnosed with RSI, but I used to get discomfort and sometimes pain in different parts of my body, due to computer use. It first arrived in my shoulders and neck, then worked its way into my hands/fingers and lower arms.
When I did visit my doctor, he told me in no uncertain terms to talk to my employer first and then come back if I still had problems. In other words, “if your employer can’t help you out, you’re on your own”. Not very encouraging.
It took me some time (read: years) to find my way through the quagmire of information on the internet, about ergonomics and how to use it to prevent RSI. And it took a lot of trial and error to get to where I am now.
Preventing RSI, With A Difference
Since then however, I’m happy to report a big difference in preventing RSI in my everyday life. My quest now is to help people like you get the information you need: so you can go about preventing RSI, without having the go through the same struggles I did.
There seem to be a large number of websites around that give you *general* hints and tips about position and typing techniques, but throughout this site, I want to do better than that.
I’ll give you specific, actionable steps to take, along with overviews and reviews of relevant products that can help you in your everyday working life.
I’ll also share simple tools and strategies that I have found useful in either preventing or reducing the discomfort associated with RSI.
Please note that many of these tools and strategies are (or were) specific to my own physical problems. That means I can’t guarantee that they will work for you, but I offer them here in the hope that you will find them useful – and pain relieving!
Follow the links below to the rest of the series.
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- Part 1 – What Is RSI?
- Part 2 – Reduce And Manage Your Time
- Part 3 – The Evils Of Mice
- Part 4 – The Ergonomic Keyboard
- Part 5 – Mouse Alternatives (Trackballs)
- Part 6 – Mouse Alternatives (Tablets)
- Part 7 – Mouse Alternatives (Ergonomic Mouse)
- Part 8 – The Importance Of Posture
- Part 9 – Gripmaster Hand Exerciser
- Part 10 – 5 Free Software Tools To Prevent RSI
- Related Post – How High Should Your Chair Be?