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June 3 2007 Ergonomics Newsletter

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Book Review - Repetitive Strain Injury - A Computer User's Guide

Dr. Pascarelli´s book - Repetitive Strain Injury : A Computer User’s Guide - is highly recommended for anyone who works on a computer or at a desk. This book is an easy-to-read and practical summary of his approach to RSIs and full of
tips for injury recovery and prevention.

And don't forget to check out last week's article.

Don't Let Writing Cramp Your Style - Ergonomic Tips for Pain-Free Writing

Although true writer’s cramp is a rare syndrome, hand pain, fatigue and cramping from repetitive writing is not. Even if writing is not a large part of the job, writing can contribute to the development of repetitive strain injuries. Here are some tips to reduce your risk of hand and arm pain. This article is the follow-up to the review of ergonomically-designed pens and discusses writing technique.

Ergonomic Tip -

To reduce pressure and friction on the nerve and tendons in the carpal tunnel, keep your wrists in a neutral position while working. The hand should be on the same level plane as the forearm with the wrist straight, not bent up or down. The middle finger should be in a straight line with the forearm bones, not angled to one side or the other. Keep your shoulders relaxed. You may need to adjust the height of your work surface or chair to accomplish this. A split-design keyboard can also be helpful.

June is National Safety Month.

Bernardino Ramazzini was an Italian physician born in 1633. In 1700, he wrote one of the first books that described occupational diseases and their effect on the body. He is considered to be the founder of occupational/industrial medicine. His works were the stepping stone to eventual passage of factory safety and workmen’s compensation laws. Check out his fascinating history at

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