Bottle of Evian == cure for RSI?

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I used to have pretty severe problems with my shoulders and right arm. Mostly mouse related; I think. When it was really bad I had a lot of shiatsu, which worked well and helped remove the residual tension in my shoulder. Now I seem to be able to keep it all at bay by drinking lots of water...

office.jpg I don't actually think it's the drinking itself that helps. It's all the movement that goes with it.In my office I have a desk that is height adjustable. I have an Aeron chair. My keyboard is way back on the desk and set flat, no little legs at the back. My mouse is optical, wireless and sits in front of the keyboard, kinda between the numeric pad and the main keyboard, just a twitch to the right of my right hand. This set up seemed to stop my right hand going cold, which is a bonus ;) I haven't had pain from working in my office since I reorganised my setup over a year ago.

Client sites are different...

At one client I have a cube. It's got no leg room. There's not much space in front of the screen. The desk and chair don't quite adjust enough... You know the score. Last time I was there; a year ago, I had all sorts of pains. This time I don't. The only difference is how much water I drink now...

I usually have two 2 litre bottles of evian sitting on my desk to the right of my monitor. When I stop to think, I take a drink. I lift the bottle with my right hand, usually, sometimes I move the bottle around a bit, but not often. I take a drink quite often. I usually get through the two bottles in a day. The taking a drink movement is quite different to the normal type and mouse movements. It's a regular little stretch. It lifts weight. It works the arm a little differently...

And then, of course, I get up and 'walk around' quite a bit. You have to if you're drinking 4 litres of water a day...

I always found it hard to make myself take those little breaks. If you drink lots of water your body makes you take the breaks ;)

It may be a load of bull, but it probably isn't doing any harm. My hands and arms hurt less and I'm typing the same amount, if not more. I'm more hydrated than I've ever been, and I haven't had a proper hangover in ages...

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Hi Len,

Finding your site interesting reading... Where on earth do you find the time to update it?

Anyhow, onto the RSI thingy... You don't seem to use any form of wrist-pads for the keyboard or mouse?

I found that a wrist-pad (Gel filled) with the mouse works especialy well, and cured most of my right-hand aches - I still use the pad/rest with the Optical mouse.

No proper hangover in ages? then keep Friday 27th June free (coz' that evening there's gonna be the mother of all Interlink leaving parties, details TBC)

Sean - I never found keyboard or mouse rests to work. I prefer to have a nice deep desk and to keep things pretty flat. The wrist rests always seemed to focus the pressure and lift my shoulder in unnatural ways. The writing doesn't actually take that long. I just wrattle it out, fire and forget. I actually find it quite a good way of getting the day's frustrations out of my head ;)

Carson - It's in the diary. The hangover thing wasn't a challenge ;)

Len - the idea of the wrist pads is to help keep the wrists straight, with the fingers "dangling" below IYSWIM. This should actually be natural with a proper typing posture - but most of us are a bit lazy, so the rests help us to remember - they act as a guide the height you should be lifting your wrists. i.e. They're not really a support in themselves.

Pushing your keyboard back (even if it is flat) probably results in you resting your arms on the table, and thus your hands at a slight angle up onto the keyboard or mouse? This was certainly contributary to my own RSI symptoms - though I do drink a lot more water these days too (when I remember!).

Sounds like I'm speaking with authority - but this is just what I've picked up over the years since I used to slouch back, one leg on the other, keyboard on leg, Coke in one hand, and typing one-handed with the other for years ;)

Sean - Yeah, I know, I just never got on with the rests. At present I rest my elbows on the desk, so at the point where I type my wrists are raised naturally by the angle of the arm coming up from the elbow and the finders hang down over the keys. The mouse I now use in front of the keyboard, with my arm flat on the desk and my hand just cupping the mouse. The good thing about this set up is that my shoulders sit naturally... Seems to work for me...

I did a search for 'cure for rsi' on Google. Lo & behold, yours was the FIRST - right at the top of the page! How do you do it (if you do do anything)?

Thanks to all for their comments - will try a few. I've got a mouse-related rsi (I reckon) which affects the small of my upper back the most with some pain in my shoulder & neck regions. Some say 6 weeks total abstinence does the trick - does it?

Gavin

I've no idea how Google decides... This page doesn't even seem to have a particularly high "page rank" (according to my google search bar thing)...

Stretching, exercise and lots of breaks seemed to do the trick for me. Good luck.

Len

Sean - Yeah, I know, I just never got on with the rests. At present I rest my elbows on the desk, so at the point where I type my wrists are raised naturally by the angle of the arm coming up from the elbow and the finders hang down over the keys. The mouse I now use in front of the keyboard, with my arm flat on the desk and my hand just cupping the mouse. The good thing about this set up is that my shoulders sit naturally... Seems to work for me...

Bonatura

That's pretty much exactly the setup that I have here.

I've no idea how Google decides... This page doesn't even seem to have a particularly high PR

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