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The art of avoiding RSI

We are all victims of new dangerous injuries that can limit us. You and I know that we are not built to sit and do micro-movements with a mouse in front of a computer all day.

Do you have these symptoms?

Do you suffer from stiffness, pain or a burning sensation in the hand, wrist, fingers, forearm or elbow? It need not just be when you're working. It can be at other times, at night, or a permanent pain. You can also get other symptoms of RSI. The hand may feel cold or numb, especially around the thumb.

Here is how to last longer in a modern workplace:

1. Get a chair with armrests that can be adjusted.
2. Your wrist should be in a neutral position or bent slightly downwards to mouse and/or keyboard.
3. The upper arm and elbow should be as close to the body as possible when you work.
4. Hold the mouse lightly, not with a firm grip or by squeezing it. The closer to the body you keep the mouse, the better.
5. And finally the obvious and annoying piece of advice – don't work all day at the computer. It's not good, anyone knows that - but you do it anyway. The trick to feel better is to take small breaks, get up and stretch. Stretch your arms and hands a bit before you get back to work again.

About the author

Stefan Ekberg has worked in marketing for small business for 20 years and has written around 30 books on how small business owners can market themselves with limited resources. . In 2012 Stefan was nominated as Entrepreneur of the Year in Stockholm.

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