Hands are Ready for Spring

Spring FlowersWe’re at the tail-end of Winter, now. Just a few more days, and glorious Spring weather will be here (so the calendar says, at least).

For me, Winter is usually a time of focused work. I spend much of my time indoors, sitting in front of the computer, programming, writing, browsing, and occasionally playing games.

I enjoy the work, but by the time Spring rolls around, my hands have tired of long days (and often evenings) of computer work.

I can feel the strain in my hands and wrists and forearms, usually not acutely painful, but a dull ache that wears on a person.

When the weather warms, I like to head outdoors during at least part of the day. I may still be spending plenty of time in front of a computer, but for shorter periods. I typically work in the mornings, then head out for a bike ride or errand or yard-work around mid-day. When I return, if I’m not too wiped out, I’ll resume work in the late afternoon and evening.

That seems to be the ideal patterns for me: work-relax-work-sleep.

Not all days work out that way, of course, due to other commitments, but that’s what I aim for.

Once I get outdoors and start exercising more, and spending shorter periods with a mouse or keyboard, I notice an immediate improvement, not only in my hands, but in my attitude.

By this time of the year, I can definitely say that I’m ready for Spring!

How about you? Does Spring make a difference in your RSI pain?

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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