Questing for Comfort

Andrew Savikas has written an excellent article on RSI (A Quest for Comfort). In it he details his search for information on RSI, first on the Internet, then in a book (It’s not Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: RSI Theory and Therapy for Computer Professionals). I’ve seen that book mentioned on numerous sites, but I haven’t read it yet … I need to pick it up and give it a read sometime.

The article also provides some mini-reviews of keyboards (Microsoft Natural Keyboard, Belkin ErgoBoard, Goldtouch Split Keyboard, and Kinesis Advantage Keyboard) and pointing devices (NaturalPoint SmartNav, MagicTouch touchscreen, and E-Quill AirO2bic Mouse).

In his summary, Andrew says “Almost any device, however well designed, can cause you pain or discomfort if used too much. I’ve found that one of the best ways to avoid RSI pain is to have a lot of different options available when using the computer, and to make an effort to switch positions, devices, and tasks as often as possible. None of these devices will be a miracle cure for RSI pain or discomfort. But they can be an important part of keeping symptoms under control while still getting your work done. And if you’re like me, that’s the biggest relief of all.”

Amen.

Randy Rasa

Randy is an engineer/programmer/web designer who has suffered from repetitive strain injury off and on for over a decade.

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