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Your Health

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Computer-related repetitive strain injury (RSI) is typically associated with the repetitive motion of typing in conjunction with working in an unchanging position for long periods of time. RSI symptoms may include pain, excessive fatigue, stiffness, and numbness or loss of strength in your hands or arms. RSI can be a serious condition, and if you have symptoms you should see a doctor. The information below is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical advice.

Preventing RSI

There are some simple things that you can do to help prevent RSI:

  • Perform all activities in moderation and vary your motions throughout the day.
  • Take regular breaks from using your keyboard or mouse.
  • Stretch regularly to increase your range of motion.
  • Minimize stress. Use relaxation techniques.
  • Practice good posture.
  • Optimize your workstation ergonomics.
See the Additional Information section at the end of this page for links to more detailed RSI prevention tips.

SCS Facilities can provide ergonomic keyboards and mice for people who need them. Contact Jim Skees for ergonomic wristpads and furniture such as desks, chairs, etc.

How to

Additional information

The following off-site links will open in a new browser window:

Brochure: Prevent Typing Injuries [pdf]
Basic RSI prevention tips.
The Carnegie Mellon RSI Web Site
Detailed information and excellent explanations about RSI.
Harvard RSI Action
Lots of good information, particularly in the Tips section, that is not found anywhere else.
Repetitive Strain and Computer Professionals: A New View
"Alternative" physical therapy-oriented approach to the causes and treatment of RSI.
OSHA Computer Workstation Ergonomics Evaluation List
Information from the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration about evaluating your workstation ergonomics.
CMU EH&S - Ergonomics
Ergonomic information from CMU's Environment Health & Safety department, including information about training classes and scheduling evaluations of your work area.
Typing Injury FAQ
A wide assortment of RSI links and resources, with many ergonomic and assistive product reviews.