Thursday, August 31, 2006

Repetetive stress injuries (RSI)

Article "Exercise may be the rx for RSI" on 7 August 2006. Suggests the cost of RSI to US industry may be as much as $100 billion annually if direct and indirect costs of lost productivity and absenteeism are included.

Response to RSI is often to invest in expensive ergonomic equipment. However, there have been very few studies to evaluate their effectiveness. This article suggests ergonomic equipment is good for prevention, but pain killers and exercise are likely to be more effective once someone has got RSI.

As well as being generally fit, it is important to take 3 to 5 minute breaks every 20 to 40 minutes, and frequent 10 to 15 second 'micro breaks.' "You must get out of your chair a couple of times an hour."

Article online at,0,7236861.story?coll=la-home-health

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