Practical tips for the prevention of RSI
Largely the way in which you can help to prevent repetitive strain injuries are common sense approaches to your work and lifestyle.
Here is a summary of points to consider which will lessen the likelihood of developing a repetitive strain injury.
General tips to prevent RSI
- Take regular breaks from the repetitive task that you are undertaking. If you are computer based, you could set yourself reminders to take breaks at regular intervals. Reminders can usually be setup using your email client or alternatively there are various forms of specific RSI software that is designed for this job
- Regularly stand up and stretch as well as stretching your arms and wrists and also straighten your fingers
- If you are office based try to look at objects in the distance occasionally rather than continuously starring at a computer screen
- It is important that you listen to your body. If you feel fatigued, take a break before you begin to experience any RSI symptoms
- Learn muscle relaxing breathing techniques such as diaphragmatic breathing
- Try to keep in as good physical shape
as possible and eat and drink healthily
- Do not smoke as smoking can adversely affect blood flow
A very good resource that provides additional detailed information on exercises and techniques for lessening the potential onset of repetitive strain injuries along with other aspects can be found over at http://www.stat.rice.edu/
cscott/rsi.html which is recommended reading.
Using the following keyboard shortcuts can help to reduce typing and potentially lessen the potential for developing RSI’s.
- CTRL + a = select all
- CTRL + c = copy
- CTRL + p = print
- CTRL + s = save
- CTRL + v = paste
- CTRL + x = cut
- CTRL + y = redo
- CTRL + z = undo
- Win + M = Minimize All
- Shift + Win + M = Undo Minimize All
- Win + F1 = Windows Help
- Win + E = Explorer
- Win + F = Find Files or Folders
- CTRL + Win + F = Find Computer
- Win + Tab = Cycle through taskbar buttons
- Alt + Tab = Cycle through open programs