RSI Wrap, July 2013

RSI WrapRSI Wrap is a periodic publication of, featuring the latest news and information on Repetitive Strain Injury prevention, support, and recovery, as well as coverage of ergonomics and issues such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Tendonitis, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, and other related conditions.

Here is your RSI news wrap for July 2013:

Bodywork for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Cathy Wong at writes about an alternative therapy known as “tuina” that may be able to help people with carpal tunnel syndrome:

Long practiced in traditional Chinese medicine, tuina involves using bodywork (such as massage and acupressure) to stimulate the flow of vital energy throughout the body. Research on tuina and carpal tunnel syndrome includes a 2012 study published in the Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In tests on nearly 100 people, researchers discovered that a combination of tuina and acupuncture was more effective than medication in treating carpal tunnel syndrome. [link]

Standing Desk May Alleviate Carpal Tunnel Symptoms

From the carpal tunnel blog comes this look at the “standing desk” option:

If you think you can have good posture by simply sitting up straight, think again. According to recent studies, sitting in any chair for long periods of time is unnatural and unhealthy, no matter how good your chair OR your posture. So what should you do about it? Until we all have computers installed in our sunglasses, it looks like the standing desk is the best option. Standing while working is good for your whole body, not just your wrists, and it may help you correct the poor posture habits that are causing your wrist pain. [link]

Ergonomics Theory in Computer Mouse Design

Ergoweb provides this brief history of how the computer mouse was developed, and a comparative look at some of the many designs that have surfaced over time:

With its humble beginnings at the hands of Douglas Engelbart, first demonstrated publicly in 1969, yet taking about 20 more years to get established, the mouse has mutated in shape, form and function over the past 40+ years. A variety of mice, based on a variety of ergonomics theories, exist in the marketplace. With new mice appearing on the market each day, it’s impossible to keep track of each and every one, but we ought to be able to recognize the underlying theories each is based upon. [link]

How can I use laptops and tablets without suffering from physical pains?

The “Ask Jack Blog” at the Guardian Newspaper tells us about ergonomic options for tablets, laptops and touch screens:

It seems to me that tablets and smartphones are potentially more dangerous than either laptops or desktops, as they will more frequently be used in positions where your posture is bad for your health. The advice for desktop PC users is to take a break every hour or so, and I think you should halve that for tablets, and halve it again for smartphones. [link]

Getting Diagnosed

The RSI Hell shares their story:

With 3 months of being with the new practise I had a clear diagnosis and started treatment. Treatment that just involves taking testosterone every day. Hardly hi-tech! This won’t cure the existing damage but will slow down its progression quite a bit. If I had diagnosed sooner then I wouldn’t have osteoporosis now. So my advice to anyone. Ask your GP to do a full hormone panel and check for vitamin D, Calcium to exclude bone problems. The doctor will be reluctant to offer a hormone test as it costs more than standard tests but if you have bone issues then that’s the spread of tests needed to identify the problem. [link]

Randy Rasa

Randy is an engineer/programmer/web designer who has suffered from repetitive strain injury off and on for over a decade.


  1. Some really awesome links in the wrap here. I’ve been doing some reading on yoga and acupuncture, so the first link to about with the tuina fits right in with some natural methods I have been reading about.

  2. Thanks for the link to my blog! I did notice however that the link to the laptop and tablet story is broken 🙁

  3. Oops! Thanks for catching that. Fixed.

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