Dr. Taraneh Razavi, a staff doctor at Google, has posted an article on the Google Blog (Avoiding RSI) about dealing with repetitive stress injury in the workplace.
The article rightly points out the best way to avoid RSI:
The key to treatment is prevention. Research shows that injuries decrease and productivity increases when employers encourage stretch breaks and stress the importance of ergonomics.
In addition, Dr. Razavi provides some specific suggestions:
- Take frequent breaks
- Perform exercises to stretch properly
- Maintain correct posture
- Make sure your workstation is set up ergonomically
- Limit non-essential computer use
- Don’t ignore the pain – see a doctor
If you’ve read this site, all of these tips should look pretty familiar, but they certainly bear repeating.