Tonia talks in London at the 8th AGM for RSI Action

I was a long term chronic sufferer of Repetitive Strain Injury. After struggling with this debilitating condition for some 5 years I was given medical retirement – a scary step. Fortunately, with being removed from the main cause (overuse of computers and associated technologies) – working towards understanding the causes and possible solutions, together with medical help, exercises and the Alexander Technique I gradually recovered. Today although virtually totally recovered I work with cautious awareness of good practice when using technology.

Against this background I was pleased to be asked to talk at the RSI Action AGM. My title: “Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) – A Contemporary Crisis – How to escape it or cure it”. My main aim was to provide HOPE to sufferers – HOPE that there are routes to recovery. So I set out to equip and encourage those attending to understand more of our complex bodies and strive towards healing. I ended my presentation with a summary of the main points (which could be useful to you):

TEN COMMANDMENTS FOR RSI PREVENTION

1. DON’T THINK “it will never happen to me”
It could if you don’t adopt preventative measures!

2. BALANCE – aim to balance work, play; rest, exercise and static activities

3. PLAN your work so that one activity isn’t performed for extended periods

4. DEVELOP a ‘free’ posture including balance and movement!
our bodies are not designed to remain static for long periods of time.

5. WORK in a healthy environment – ergonomic chair, desk, mouse, keyboard, screen

6. KEEP FIT and supple – stretch to balance  repetitive movements. RSI is caused    primarily by working in a static position.Mouse with stop sign

7. BREAKS Don’t skip lunch breaks!
Install break monitoring software  (RSIGUARD) for breaks and exercises

8. SPEECH RECOGNITION SOFTWARE – use if you are a frequent computer user and especially if your hands, arms or neck are painful.

9. KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS – use these to minimise mouse use

10. STOP ON AMBER – before pain stops you.

There’s a lot more information in my book “RSI – How to avoid it and what to do if you’ve got it”.

Strive to be healthy,

Tonia

www.toniacopebowley.co.uk

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