Avoiding Repetitive Stress Strain

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A repetitive stress strain injury (RSI) is a potentially disabling condition caused by overusing joints to perform repetitive tasks. The injury often occurs in the upper body, such as the forearm, elbow, wrists, hands, shoulders and neck.

What Causes RSI?

RSI is associated with performing a particular activity repeatedly for a long period and often occurs in those who work on computers or perform repetitive manual tasks. Symptoms include tenderness, aches and pain, cramps or stiffness. In addition, those suffering from RSI may have weakness, tingling, numbness or swelling. Commonly diagnosed RSI conditions include:
Edema
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
De Quervain Syndrome
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Intersection Syndrome
Golfer’s or Tennis Elbow
Trigger Finger
Radial Tunnel Syndrome
Focal Dystonia

Preventing RSI

There are several ways that you can reduce the risk of developing RSI. Make sure desk equipment is set up properly and adjusted to your specifications. Remember that a keyboard and mouse may be adjusted to help you avoid developing RSI. For those already suffering from RSI, consider replacing traditional your traditional keyboard and mouse with those that are ergonomically-friendly. Speech recognition software is often recommended for those who have developed RSI related to computer usage. Take regular breaks to prevent developing RSI in your upper limbs. This allows your muscles to relax and reduce strain. Break up computer time with other tasks, such as filing or photocopying.

RSI Treatment

When computer-related RSI develops, early detection and treatment can be remedied or controlled without the need for surgery or other interventions. Some patients find relief through anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen, while others find that using ice or heat on the injured area relieves the pain. There are many osteopathic remedies as well, including acupuncture or myofascial release. However, in some cases, surgical intervention is necessary to relieve pressure on nerves that are causing the pain. This is especially true of advanced carpal tunnel syndrome. However, surgery for the majority of patients suffering from RSI is minor and the relief is often instantaneous. Although there is a risk of the injury occurring in the future, most patients report no problems after surgery is completed.

By taking frequent breaks, varying job tasks and setting up workspace so that it is ergonomically-friendly, you can avoid the pain of RSI and potential surgery. In addition, you may find that you are more productive and comfortable at your workplace by following these tips.

Thinking of the Perfect Birthday Gift for my MIL

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I know it has been four months since my lovely Mum-In-Law celebrated her birthday. I have been in hibernation at my blogs longer than that. But I have not forgotten at how we thought hard on what to give her for her birthday.

My husband had previously queried me on what could possibly be a good present. Initially, he thought a new gadget would be perfect because ever since my MIL had found her way around her tablet, our gift for her last December, she now appreciates what it’s like to be on the internet. I did not agree or disagree with my husband.

However, it was one ordinary night while I was sitting at the “throne” when I suddenly recalled something she wanted for a while but she still hasn’t owned. I immediately spoke to my husband before the idea gets off my head. We mutually agreed it is the perfect gift for her that would certainly make her happy :-)

The next post shall feature photos of the items we thought were nice. We deemed it best not to be a surprise for her. After looking around, we actually let her decide which one she likes best.

Do you now have an idea what it was? ;-)

Table Lamps Shipment Notification

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I am awaiting for the table lamps to arrive sometime next week. I officially got the shipment notification today after one week of purchase. The processing time of the shipment is not bad.

Shipment notice

Shipment notice

This is actually my second purchase at this online shop. So far, I have no issues with them. I shall publish an update once the lamps had been delivered.

Till then!

Back to School Basics: Why You Should Return as an Adult

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Going back to school as an adult can be pretty scary. After all, it’s likely been 10 or more years since you’ve put a foot down in a classroom, except maybe your child’s classroom. However, that doesn’t mean that you have to be so worried or that going back to school isn’t a good idea.

The truth is that going back to school can be one of the best things that you can do if you aren’t completely satisfied with your working life for a variety of reasons. Below, you’ll find the top reasons you should consider returning to school as an adult, even if you only choose to take a few classes or complete a degree program online.

In the end, you’ll be happy you did.

1. You Will Earn More Money

It might sound a bit obvious, but going back to school to actually complete a degree will give you more earning power. This is especially true if you’re getting your first undergraduate degree from a well-known online school like Adelphi University since the biggest gap in pay is between high school graduates and those who have completed college. In many cases, what you study isn’t even the most important issue – it’s just that you’ve completed college with a degree you can put on your resume.

2. Better at Work Perks

While it could surprise you, there are some perks to getting a degree you might not think of at first. One of the biggest perks is that your employer may be willing to cover things for you that they otherwise might not, like your health and dental insurance plan. While some workers have to pay part of these expenses, individuals with a degree are more likely to have them paid for fully by their employer.

3. More Job Offers

Finding a job isn’t always easy, but if you have a degree, you’ll be more likely to get a job than someone who doesn’t. That’s especially true of high-paying jobs. Even if you have relevant experience, an employer is likely to pick someone with that same experience and a college degree first.

4. You’ll Be a Better Role Model

If you have kids, going back to school can show them the importance of getting a college degree. When it comes to parenting, we all know that leading by example is the best thing you can do to help your kids go down the right path in life.

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