5 Ways To Prevent Repetitive Strain Injuries At Work

Among the most common and costly work-related health issues are repetitive strain injuries. According to U.S. Department of Labor, wrist injuries are the most prevalent form of RSI due to the over-utilization of this vulnerable part of the body. To safeguard against wrist injuries at work, follow these guidelines:

  1. Control hand and wrist movements through the muscles, not tendons and/or ligaments. This simple mental shift significantly reduces strain on these areas.
  2. Take frequent breaks to stretch - this increases blood flow and reduces injury.
  3. Use targeted exercises to maintain strength and flexibility through the wrist. Exercises with light dumbbells such as wrist flexions and extensions are effective in strengthening these muscles.
  4. Keep hands in the middle ground of your your body as you work. This allows the muscles in your arms, shoulders, and mid-section to share the load.  Additionally, keeping the joints aligned this way increases blood flow and reduces the flex of tendons and ligaments over leverage points at the joints.    
  5. Use wrist supports to reduce wrist pain/strain. Neoprene supports are flexible enough to allow a sufficient range of motion while also providing firm compression keeping wrists in a more neutral position. This reduces stress on nerves, muscles and tendons. Additionally, neoprene material also retains body heat and increases circulation to the wrist area which is vital in keeping the joint healthy.