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Elf Injuries and How PT Can Help

All of Santa’s elves are busy this time of year getting ready to deliver toys to children all over the world. However improper standing techniques and repetitive strain injuries with Santa’s little helpers can really put a strain on the holiday spirit. Bah Humbug! Here are some tips to keep any elf on top of their toy-making game.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), repetitive strain injuries are the nation’s most common and costly occupational health problem, affecting hundreds of thousands of American workers.

6 Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Repetitive Strain Injuries:

• Take Breaks when using your computer. Every hour or so, get up and walk around, get a drink of water, stretch whatever muscles are tight, and look out the window at a far off object (to rest your eyes).

• Use Good Posture. If you can’t hold good posture, it probably means it’s time for you to take a break from typing. If you are perpetually struggling to maintain good posture, you probably need to adjust your workstation or chair, or develop some of the support muscles necessary for good posture.

• Use an ergonomically optimized workstation to reduce strain on your body.

• Exercise Regularly. Include strengthening, stretching, and aerobic exercises. Yoga and pilates are especially helpful.

• Only use the computer as much as you have to. Don’t email people when you could walk down the hall or pick up the phone and talk to them. It’s not only better for your hands – it’s friendlier. Think before you type to avoid unnecessary editing.

• Don’t stretch for the hard-to-reach keys, e.g. BACK SPACE, ENTER, SHIFT, and CONTROL… basically everything but the letters. Instead, move your entire hand so that you may press the desired key with ease. This is crucial when you are programming or typing something in LaTeX, where non-letter keys are used extensively.

 

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Categories: Injuries
Tagged In: Christmas, Elf, injury
Posted on December 2, 2016

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Elf Injuries and How PT Can Help

All of Santa’s elves are busy this time of year getting ready to deliver toys to children all over the world. However improper standing techniques and repetitive strain injuries with Santa’s little helpers can really put a strain on the holiday spirit. Bah Humbug! Here are some tips to keep any elf on top of their toy-making game.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), repetitive strain injuries are the nation’s most common and costly occupational health problem, affecting hundreds of thousands of American workers.

6 Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Repetitive Strain Injuries:

• Take Breaks when using your computer. Every hour or so, get up and walk around, get a drink of water, stretch whatever muscles are tight, and look out the window at a far off object (to rest your eyes).

• Use Good Posture. If you can’t hold good posture, it probably means it’s time for you to take a break from typing. If you are perpetually struggling to maintain good posture, you probably need to adjust your workstation or chair, or develop some of the support muscles necessary for good posture.

• Use an ergonomically optimized workstation to reduce strain on your body.

• Exercise Regularly. Include strengthening, stretching, and aerobic exercises. Yoga and pilates are especially helpful.

• Only use the computer as much as you have to. Don’t email people when you could walk down the hall or pick up the phone and talk to them. It’s not only better for your hands – it’s friendlier. Think before you type to avoid unnecessary editing.

• Don’t stretch for the hard-to-reach keys, e.g. BACK SPACE, ENTER, SHIFT, and CONTROL… basically everything but the letters. Instead, move your entire hand so that you may press the desired key with ease. This is crucial when you are programming or typing something in LaTeX, where non-letter keys are used extensively.

 

elf3

 

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Categories: Injuries
Tagged In: Christmas, Elf, injury
Posted on December 2, 2016

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