The International RSI day is held every year on the last day of February to draw attention to work related injuries caused by repetitive movements.
A repetitive strain injury (RSI) is an “injury to the musculoskeletal and nervous systems that may be caused by repetitive tasks, forceful exertions, vibrations, mechanical compression, or sustained or awkward positions.” RSIs are also known as cumulative trauma disorders, repetitive stress injuries, repetitive motion injuries or disorders, musculoskeletal disorders, and occupational or sports overuse syndromes.
Wikipedia on RSI
A few simple steps can help you to avoid getting RSI in the first place, or help to relieve the pain if you already have RSI.
– Using a vertical or pen type mouse to get your hand into a more natural position
– Using a flat keyboard and avoiding twists in your wrists
– Use a mini/compact keyboard to allow the mouse to be placed closer to your body
– Taking regular breaks
– Alternating your work position
– Alternating your computer peripherals
– Stretch exercise
– Avoiding stress