Repetitive strain injuries are caused when a person’s movements are forced, awkward, or repetitive. This often happens when we type or use a mouse to type. When we use our fingers and hands in such small motor activities, the tendons, muscles and nerves in our forearms, shoulders, neck and hands are more likely to get damaged. This results in symptoms like weakness, numbness, tingling, stiffness and burning pain.
Here are three tips to prevent repetitive strain injuries in the workplace.
Be Mindful About Your Posture
Use a proper chair that has suitable back support or a giant physio ball to improve your posture. The chair should be ergonomic, able to roll and swivel, so your body doesn’t need to reach or strain and cause further injury. The balls make you utilize your core muscles to sit up straight and prevent your body from contorting into awkward positions.
Get Up and Take Regular Breaks
When you’re standing in place or working at a computer for extended periods of time, you might feel sore when you change your posture. Get up periodically and take a walk – a five-minute break every now and then is effective. Do some arm circles or light stretching. This helps alleviate the discomfort of sitting for hours and improves your circulation. Move and stretch your fingers and wrists, so you can relieve the pressure on your joints. It also provides a quick mental break, so you can recharge your brain for a few minutes and increase your creativity and productivity.
Be Safe and Healthy
Protect your back and spine by practicing safe lifting techniques, so you don’t exacerbate an injury lifting a heavy object. Use a wrist rest to help straighten and support your hand if you spend a lot of time typing – your palms at the same height as the keyboard. Be mindful of your posture by sitting or standing up straight. Finally, maintain a healthy diet and exercise. Try swimming, walking or running. These can help strengthen your muscles and prevent repetitive strain injuries among other health benefits.
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