Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is a very important topic and I felt it would be something good to post and stress to my visitors. If you spend a lot of time on the computer, I recommend you catch up on RSI. “Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) is a potentially disabling illness caused by prolonged repetitive hand movements, such as those involved in computer use. Symptoms include intermittent shooting pains in the hands, wrists, forearms, and back.” (Albion Research Ltd.).

Since reading about RSI, I have learned a good amount about how you find out if you are getting it, and how you can prevent it. I have also found five applications available for Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and one for a Palm. But, first I will list tips from the article, 10 Simple RSI Prevention Tips.

  • Type using a Neutral Wrist Position
  • Adjust (or replace) the Keyboard
  • Watch Out For That Mouse!
  • Take Regular Breaks
  • Sit Up Straight!
  • Take It Easy After the Holiday
  • Eat Your Veggies and Get Some Exercise!
  • Now Take A Seat…
  • If You Think You Have RSI Visit Your Doctor
  • Do Something!

Now to begin with the application lists. I am going to list the 7 applications with a description and state what system it works with. At the end of the article, I will specify my favorite application. Also, just to note, NOT all of these are free. I will specify what ones are:

(Note: because of the length of this post, it is extended to the single post page)

Break TimeView Break Time – Available for Windows
“Break Time tells you when you should take a break and provides soothing music during the break time. The program keeps track of the time you spend on the computer and can help you minimize the negative influence to your health.” ($20 License fee)

AntiRSIView AntiRSI – Available for Macintosh
“AntiRSI is a program for Mac OS X that helps prevent RSI (repetitive strain injury) and other computer related stress. It does so by forcing you to take regular breaks, yet without getting in the way. It also detects natural breaks so it won’t force too many breaks on you.” (Free)

WorkPaceView WorkPace – Available for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux
“WorkPace is like an intelligent office friend who keeps you healthy and productive, by sitting in the background and watching your work habits. You can relax in the knowledge that WorkPace is looking after you – helping you to minimize the risks, and maximize your productivity at your computer.” ($49 Single License)

MacBreaksView MacBreaks – Available for Macintosh
“MacBreakZ is a personal ergonomic assistant that monitors our keyboard and mouse use and helps us structure our computer use in a healthy and constructive manner, thus preventing computer-related injuries from developing.” This one includes excercise lessons to use on breaks!

RSI Clock 1.1View RSI Clock 1.1 – Available for Palm
“RSI Clock is a Palm application that warns when it’s time take a break from your computer work. This with the intention to prevent RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury).” (Free)

WorkRaveView WorkRave – Available for Windows and Linux
“Workrave is a program that assists in the recovery and prevention of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). The program frequently alerts you to take micro-pauses, rest breaks and restricts you to your daily limit.” This one also includes exercise lessons that you can do on your breaks! (Free)

My, the post is getting quite lengthy. I am almost done! Now to let you know what one I personally like the most. I have not the ability to test them all as some cost, and my brother only will install so many applications on his Mac for me! But from what I have used, WorkRave is my favorite.

WorkRave is free, has many features, exercises, micro pauses, lunch breaks, you name it. It also warns you if you have worked too many hours in a day, which can be very harmful. It will recommend you take the rest of the day off from working or to find something small to do.

I hope this post was helpful and I highly recommend the use of atleast one of these applications during your computer hours. Good for when writing, blogging, working, and anything that takes up a good time on the computer. Comments, questions, advice, or even if you know of any more solutions, please feel free to comment.

2 Comments on “6 solutions & 10 tips for preventing Repetitive Strain Injury”

  1. Joe says:

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  2. Milan says:

    There also is a hardware solution.
    A4 Tech makes Anti-RSI keyboards. These keyboards have standard keys (not the separated keys, like Microsoft ergonomical keyboards), but the keys are slightly tilted to make hands stay in natural position.
    I have suck keyboard – it is hard to get used to the changed layout, but in the end, it seems more pleasant to use it than the standard keyboard. Still, I would like to see some serious research on this topic (is A4 Tech Anti-RSI any good).
    Great article, cheers!