It's Not Carpal Tunnel Syndrome!: RSI Theory and Therapy for Computer Professionals
This guide offers computer users who suffer from repetitive strain injury (RSI) an effective program for self-care. It explains the symptoms, prevention, and treatment of RSIs and also addresses the often-overlooked root causes of RSIs. This holistic program treats the entire upper body with ergonomics, exercise, and hands-on therapy, increasing the likelihood that surgery and drugs may be avoided.
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I read this book like it was a Ludlum thriller; Finished it in just 2 days over the week-end.
The authors are a unique pair; A writer who tried various treatments for his own condition until he was finally 'cured' by a physical therapist, and the therapist herself. The narrative style is easy to follow being from the point of view of the writer with the therapist providing the content as the expert. Reminds me of technical documentation written by tech-writers with content provided by engineers. That's probably why I found it such an easy read, aha! But then I am a typical intended audience, so the book is well written from that angle.
Back to the content. It hits all the relevant points I have personally experienced at several times in my working years. It is precise in explaining each phase as the body compensates and eventually gives up (resulting in nagging pain that's severe at times).
I really liked the explanations why the pain seems to be more at night, how the body has a natural abuse/repair cycle and how when that cycle is imbalanced it causes aggravation and pain, and the part about nerves getting shorter and get pinned to one spot with fibrous tissue deposits due to constant overuse in one particular position and that stretching and squeezing your body into various contortions (as in yoga, pilates, tai-chi, etc.) helps lengthen the nerves, loosen or release the nerve tethering and ease the pain.
The exercises described in the later chapters should be mandatory for all computer users, young (aim towards prevention) and old (aim towards treatment) alike.
Like all useful healthy living techniques, it is free and does not work instantly. The best part to me was this scientifically validates why Yoga postures actually have such a positive effect.
I borrowed it from the library, but I will purchase a copy as a lifelong reference.
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