RSI and hackers

I guess lots of people have the same problem I had, which is that, due to the extensive use of computers, I had always pain in my hands. Not enough to think that I had RSI, but I had been feeling that for so long, that I guess I would get RSI sooner or later. So, since Davyd just mentioned it on IRC, here’s a tip on how us (hackers) can prevent any injury. I was advised to use the Chinese health balls while watching TV or just sitting on the couch, to massage the muscles in the hands, and after almost 2 months using them, I have to say I don’t feel pain anymore, and when I’ve felt some (just in the first few days), using the balls for a little bit calmed it down.

So, if you use computers too many hours and feel some pain in your hands, I advise you to try, it has worked for me.

5 Responses to “RSI and hackers”

  1. Ploum says:

    At works, I personnaly use http://workrave.org/

    While it seems intrusive the first days, you get used to it and it’s really a great help. It also enhance the productivity.

  2. Rob Staudinger says:

    Also try different keyboards. I’ve been working on a 12″ ibook for years without problems, but switching to a bigger T60 caused me aching wrists. Now with an external keyboard everything is fine again.

  3. S. Kochen says:

    What about shoulders? :S
    I hear about arms, backs, hands, fingers, but am I the only one with a sour shoulder?

  4. Clare says:

    The bottom line of getting over RSI is to have proper posture and spend less time in front of the computer. I used to (and still have some) RSI in my arms. I have had physiotherapist appointments once a week. I bought a trackball and a curved keyboard. And I installed a timer called workrave in my computer. A timer is great only if it does not ask you to take a break during deep thinking….

  5. Duncan says:

    I got a Microsoft Keyboard and mouse and learned to type from scratch. The pain went away. I will try the balls.