Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)

rsi (2)Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) is often experienced by people working with computers and can be highly debilitating.

Alexander Technique lessons are increasingly used to help RSI sufferers overcome problems and prevent the condition from occurring. The Alexander Technique focuses on helping people use their body efficiently and effectively – preventing misuse, over-use, strains and tension. Assessing your workstation is important – make sure chairs, keyboards and monitors are all set up to suit you.

“The way you use your body at the workstation is crucial – good body-use habits play a huge part in preventing injury. To really make a difference you need to become aware of and learn how to change poor postural habits. Hands-on guidance from a trained Alexander teacher from the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique means the process is not only faster, but the resulting changes are lasting.” - 'Avoid RSI with The Alexander Technique':Medical News Today

Here are some helpful Alexander Technique (STAT) tips to follow while working on your computer:

– How you sit at your desk is key – you should be well supported on the seat of the chair so that your back’s natural support mechanism can work.

– Your chair-to-desk height should mean your elbow is at a 90» angle, with your forearms about horizontal to the desk when using a keyboard.

– Good touch typing skills will help to prevent inappropriate tension from building up and leading to strain and pain.

– Your monitor should be at eye height, letting your head balance freely on the top of your lengthening spine. Tilting the head back and dropping the neck forward causes tension in the neck, which often manifests itself as referred pain in the arms.

– Keep feet flat on the floor directly below your knees – if you can’t reach the floor, sit further forward in the seat or use a foot rest. If your chair seat can be angled to tip slightly forward you should find it easier to allow your feet to rest on the floor.

– There is no such thing as a correct position – vary the way you sit to suit different activities, sitting back against the back of the chair whilst reading through something and sitting up at the front when you’re in ‘full flow’. Never fix your posture.

– Take regular breaks. Any sitting still for long periods can cause muscle stiffness. Be sure to move about – even a short walk to the water cooler can help!

Of course not only computer operators get RSI. Tina is a florist and has been suffering from RSI for some time. She has been coming to me for a course of 8 lessons when she had a real turning point. Her back pain has reduced and her RSI in both arms is almost non-existent. Tina was so pleased as she will be able to continue working as a florist which she really loves.


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