Handy Sites: Sorehands and Safe Computing

Physically speaking, when it comes to using the computer, we use our eyes and hands the most.

Witness the huge numbers of wrist-pain/back-pain combo and headache complaints that plague the computer-using population. Which is everyone we know. And we know this because we talk about it with one another, sharing our pains and aches over lunch-break, asking around and doing research to help deal with the problem. We’re a sociable lot when we find out the pain we have in common. We talk about it.

Sorehand is “an online community dedicated to sharing information about repetitive stress injuries and related topics for people with repetitive strain injuries (RSIs).

Sorehand members range from those severely injured to those who think they may be developing symptoms of an RSI to the friends and families of those injured. Common topics include dealing with workers’ compensation and legal issues, suggestions on ergonomic equipment to use, and emotional/psychological/spiritual issues as they relate to RSI.”

When the article mentioning the Sorehand site was written, it was still open to the public. On our latest visit we found out that now, you can access their email archives (dating back to 1999) by signing up for their email discussion list.

And Safecomputingtips.com offers tips to prevent eye-strain, as well as more in-depth advice on: Office Ergonomics, Workstation Ergonomics, Ergonomic PC, Laptop Ergonomics and Ergonomic seating. Those, and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome(CTS), Repetitive Strain Injury(RSI) and dealing with muscle pains when using the computer for extended periods of time.

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