RSI Treatments

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The lady in the picture above is showing many examples of poor computer posture which generally result in some degree of RSI if carried out regularly for extended periods as typically happens in the workplace.

What can I do to avoid RSI?

For computer users, RSI is a real danger. If you have pains, don’t assume they will pass in a day or two. Hopefully they will but they are just as likely to be warnings of more pain to come. RSI conditions can be permanent disabilities and appear without warning so you must take avoiding RSI seriously!

Our Computer Posture RSI Summary for Employers page may also be helpful to read.

What is RSI?

RSI covers many varied conditions and some medical people disagree with the term “repetitive strain” however in the context of conditions caused by computer use, it seems an accurate description.

Muscles held at their extremes for long periods fatigue, put pressure on other muscles and lead to other problems such as nerve entrapment and accelerated erosion of joints. Computer posture typically involves unconscious muscle fatigue through postures held too long. Moderate work stress also leads to unconscious muscle tightening so the sources of RSI are easy to spot!

Good Computer Posture

What’s your checklist?

  1. Good PC PostureMaintain good posture – check these items:-
    • Adjustable height seat
    • Lumber support
    • Screen at arms length
    • Top of screen no higher than your eyes
    • Wrists should be in line with your forearm and hand, not at an angle, when using keyboard and mouse
    • Upper arm should be by your side and your inner elbow should be just about touching your side. Your forearm should be near horizontal and directly in front of your side. Numeric and function keypads on keyboards make this difficult to achieve and the tensed twisted arm posture is a major cause of RSI conditions.
      This is why we strongly recommend a vertical ergonomic mouse and compact keyboard
  2. Thankfully highly effective software to monitor your posture exists using a webcam to spot when your posture ‘goes off’
  3. Keep moving and don’t maintain any fixed posture for long periods
    You need to move your body around a bit. Physiotherapists suggest, humorously, that a seat with upturned pins on it is ideal…ensuring you didn’t sit there for long!
  4. Our list of tools and aids relevant to computer posture RSI conditions is below. :

In all cases, we advise you seek professional medical opinion (Doctor or Physiotherapist) if you are suffering pain that has any link to computer use.

Back and Neck postural problems often involve such things as “chin tucks” and you can read a concise explanation of many of the issues and appropriate exercises can be found on the Australian website PhysioAdvisor – Postural Syndrome

Some Doctors are more open minded about alternative therapies and even alternative diagnosis.

  • Alexander Technique can be appropriate in reducing ongoing muscular tension, which is conventionally considered to be the cause of most RSI conditions.
  • MindBody (Tension Myositis Syndrome) Treatment can be liberating and is highly recommended for those with diagnosed RSI conditions who are looking into the future with some gloom