Lesson One: Pain and discomfort tell us that something is wrong.
For many of us, work today is about sitting for hours at a time on a computer. The work is repetitive and, for better or worse, we develop our own computer interactive repetitive habits. These repetitive habits combined with improper positioning of our hands, wrists, arms, shoulders, back, and legs can produce discomfort and pain. Left unchanged and untreated, this discomfort and pain will lead to Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI). The discomfort is progressive and will lead to real pain and injury.
This is not a new phenomenon. In 1700, the Italian physician Bernadino Ramazzini described RSI in musicians and clerks. Carpal tunnel syndrome was first identified by the British surgeon James Paget in 1854. Today the list grows: edema, tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome, stenosing tenosynovitis, etc..
So what is the point of this lesson? Pay attention to your discomfort and pain. It will progress if you do not change your work habits and find an ergonomic solution. Happily, there are effective ergonomic solutions available. Don’t wait. Address the problem while it is a small one.
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