Repetitive Strain Injuries: 5 Easy Ways To Prevent Them

Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI) are among the most common and costly work-related health issues according to U.S. Department of Labor. Wrist injuries are the most prevalent form of RSI due to the over-utilization of this rather vulnerable part of the body. To safeguard against wrist injuries at work, follow these guidelines:
  1. Proper position of the body during a task is crucial to preventing strain. Be sure when working with your hands to keep them in the middle ground of your your body as it 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.
  2. Be mindful to control hand and wrist movements through the muscles, not tendons and/or ligaments. This simple mental shift significantly reduces strain on these areas.
  3. Take breaks intermittently and stretch the area to increase blood flow and reduce injury.
  4. Use targeted exercises to maintain strength and flexibility through the wrist. Performing exercises with light dumbbells such as wrist flexions and extensions are effective in strengthening these muscles.
  5. Wrist supports are an invaluable tool in reducing and eliminating wrist pain. Neoprene supports in particular offer the wearer many benefits. The neoprene material is flexible enough to allow a superior range of motion while also providing firm compression keeping wrists in a more neutral position to reduce stress on nerves, muscles and tendons. The material also retains body heat and increases circulation to the wrist area which is vital in keeping the joint healthy. For best fit, choose a support with an adjustable hook and loop closure.