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Repetitive Strain Injury

RSI. What is it and how to avoid it

What causes RSI

“RSI” (Repetitive Strain Injury) is an injury to the musculoskeletal and nervous systems.
 
The most common causes of  RSI are:
* repetitive tasks
* forcefull exertions
* vibrations, mechanical compression
* wrong posture in the office workplace relating to the overuse of muscles and tendons in the upper body.

For Employees the best way to prevent RSI is to be sure to have checked that their working area is suitable and comfortable for them. ODM offers a health and safety workstation analysis.


 There are also other measures that can be taken to reduce the risk of RSI, such as:


* Maintaining a good posture at work by sitting correctly. 


* Taking regular breaks during long or repetitive tasks. It would be better to have smaller and more frequent breaks than just one long lunch break.


* Trying relaxation techniques.


The most important step in treating RSI is usually to identify and modify the task or activity that is causing the symptoms. If necessary, you may need to stop doing the activity altogether.

What causes RSI

 

How to prevent RSI

 

How to Cure

“RSI” (Repetitive Strain Injury) is an injury to the musculoskeletal and nervous systems.

 

The most common causes of  RSI are:

  • repetitive tasks
  • forcefull exertions
  • vibrations, mechanical compression
  • wrong posture in the office workplace relating to the overuse of muscles and tendons in the upper body.

 

For Employees the best way to prevent RSI is to be sure to have checked that their working area is suitable and comfortable for them. ODM offers a health and safety workstation analysis.

 There are also other things that can be done to reduce the risk of RSI, such as:

  • Maintaining a good posture at work by sitting correctly. 
  • Taking regular breaks during long or repetitive tasks. It would be better to have smaller and more frequent breaks than just one long lunch break.
  • Trying relaxation techniques.

The most important step in treating RSI is usually to identify and modify the task or activity that is causing the symptoms. If necessary, you may need to stop doing the activity altogether.