I work in information technology field and last week I started getting pain in my right hand wrist while using mouse. So I switched and started using my left hand, but that reminded me of stretching my muscles so that they remain in good condition. These days many of us work with computers for long hours and I wanted to remind each one of you to take frequent short breaks for your own physical fitness.
A few years ago I had used software which was installed on my laptop and it used to remind us of taking breaks between works. I am not trying to promote any ergonomic reminder software here. This is just a reminder post for each one of you who is reading this post.
Are you aware of these terms: RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury - US), OOS (Occupational Overuse Syndrome), MSD (Musculoskeletal Disorders - Europe) which are commonly observed in working population. CTS (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome) and CVS (Computer vision syndrome) are associated with computer use. Even I don’t know much about all these terms but what I know is that any of these can be avoided if we make cautious efforts in our work life towards it. These injuries are becoming more and more common in today's computer intensive world. OOS, RSI, MSD, CTS and CVS can become very painful and debilitating if not treated on right time. With this in mind, the best cure is prevention. If injuries already exist, strict work methods are required to recover.
| Talking about Ergonomic software, or break reminder software, these software are designed to prevent Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) and other computer related health problems such as back pain, neck, wrist and shoulder pain, CTS, tenosynovitis and tendinitis - often referred to collectively as "upper limb disorders". It can also aid in the recovery from such conditions. The Ergonomic software runs quietly in the background, monitoring your computer activity and reminding you to take regular breaks. It can observe activities like mouse clicks, keyboard strokes, mouse movement etc. Sometimes looking at the statistics it produces you will be surprised at how fast the time goes and how much work you are actually doing.|
You should make Ergonomic software an integral component of your workstation ergonomics now!
Related Stuff: Some ergonomic free to download software I have observed are Office Yoga, Stress Buster, Break Reminder and if you find some more let us know you can find it on google with keywords like ergonomic software, stress relieve software, break reminder software.