Think for a minute about how often you use digital devices during your day: desktop computer, laptop, tablet, phablet, smartphone, e-Reader, computer games … IMing, texting, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, TED talks, searching the Internet for videos of cute animals being friends with other cute animals… More and more we are all using digital devices — at work, at home, and everywhere in between.
Our use of digital devices has become relentless. Hour upon hour each day, year upon year, we are constantly putting strain on our musculoskeletal system, potentially contributing to the gradual development of a repetitive strain injury.
What is RSI? ‘Repetitive strain injury’ is an umbrella term for all of the musculoskeletal injuries that can be caused by repetitive tasks. You’ve probably heard of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, or tenosynovitis, tennis elbow, Blackberry thumb, iPaditis, text neck, etc. These are all examples of repetitive strain injuries.
It’s time to start thinking of digital device use as a physical activity.
You may think there is no harm in sitting and typing all day, but your body tells a different story. It’s time to think like a professional athlete. Just as they train, prepare and assess risk to achieve the peak physical condition they need to do their job, so too should those who use digital devices regularly.
Consider this: If a runner developed pain in his or her knees, they might try a new pair of running shoes, but they would also look at how they were running to determine if there were adjustments they could make to alleviate some of their pain. This is what we think everyone should do when thinking about their own computer workstations and their use of digital devices.
Safe Hands will help you assess your current situation to uncover possible causes of discomfort or pain. We will suggest adjustments you can make to your behaviour and to all of your computer workspaces – at the office, at home and everywhere in between. Finally, we will talk to you about a range of factors that can contribute to the way you feel physically.