Excessive Typing causes Health Problems ?

@senthil2k (1501)
India
June 30, 2007 10:43pm CST
Hello Mylotters, I heard from one of my friend that a lot of typing also can cause some nervous disorders and other health problems. Have you heard about this ? If yes, can you give us more information on that.
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@kayrod2 (1304)
• Australia
1 Jul 07
My mum used to be a secretary many years ago, and i can remember her having to get an operation on her wrists. I think it was called RSI. But i not sure what it stands for or if you see it much any more. But thats all i really know about. Best wishes to you, senthil
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@senthil2k (1501)
• India
1 Jul 07
Thanks for the response. BTW, what is the expansion of RSI ?
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• India
2 Jul 07
Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), often called Overuse Syndrome, is a very common problem caused by work with keyboards. RSI is caused by overexertion of the muscles of the hands and lower arms. The symptoms are the following: muscle fatigue, tightening and stiffening of the muscles, inflammation of tendons and nervous, and even loss of sensation. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is caused by repeated movements involving the wrist, such as typing. The carpal tunnel is a "tunnel" formed by bones and ligaments of the wrist under the skin of the palm side. A nerve called the median nerve runs through this tunnel. When repeated motions of the wrist inflame and narrow the carpal tunnel, extra pressure on the median nerve can cause its irritation and damage. People affected with CTS often feel numbness and tingling in the first three fingers of the hand and part of the palm. Some also experience pain in the wrist, hand, or fingers.
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@senthil2k (1501)
• India
4 Jul 07
Oh! Thats a great piece of information. Thanks for that and your response.
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@greylady (153)
• United States
4 Jul 07
Repetitive motion with the hands, fingers, and wrists has been identified as the cause for carpal tunnel syndromme and contributes to tendonitus. Assembly line workers and secretaries are prone to these disorders.
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@senthil2k (1501)
• India
4 Jul 07
Thanks for the information. What does that 'tendonitus' mean ?
@greylady (153)
• United States
4 Jul 07
Tendonitus is a painful inflamation of your tendons caused by overuse. The pain occurs when you use the muscle to which the tendon is attached. Repetitive motion aggravates the condition and should your tendons rupture the damage could be traumatic and take a very long time to heal. A lot of tests are required to determine if your condition is tendonitus. The symptoms are similar to carpal tunnel if the pain is located in your arms, wrists, or shoulders. Symptoms are also very similar to a condition called bursitus. Most generally immobilization of your affected area and injections of anti-imflammatory meds help a great deal with the pain.
@Bizziebod (3526)
9 Jul 07
Hi senthil2K, I'm a secretary by trade and agree with all of your responders. My advice (and one that is given out to most typists/secretaries in the UK) is to take a 5 - 10 minute break every hour. Literally getting up from the pc and walking around, doing some small exercises with your hands to loosen them up also helps. Get a good comfortable chair, the knee ones are the best as it keeps your back straight, padded wrist cushions for both the keyboard and the mouse are also adviseable - hope this helps.
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@senthil2k (1501)
• India
10 Jul 07
Oh. Thats a great piece of advice. Thanks for your time and advice.
@williamjisir (22903)
• China
5 Jul 07
Excessive typing does cause health problems. I have such experiences like having a wrist ache and bottom ache from typing and sitting too long. And the ache won't go away easily until days after. My eyes get hurt as well from looking too long at the screem while typing. So it is better not to stay too long at computer.
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@senthil2k (1501)
• India
5 Jul 07
Thanks. I appreciate your efforts for the information and your response.
@bluishrose (2291)
• Philippines
4 Jul 07
I guess so when you keep typing for long hours and then you wash your hands with cold water. Its bad on the nerves. we should once in a while let our hands rest for the blood to flow properly on the nerves.
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@senthil2k (1501)
• India
4 Jul 07
Is that so ? Shouldnt I wash my hand with cold water after typing for long hours ? I never knew that. Thanks for that. Do you know the reason behind that ? Thanks for the response.
@laydee (12813)
• Philippines
4 Jul 07
Yeah I heard of such a thing. But they say it's due to the positioning of your fingers. That's why they invented this movable keyboard. I forgot it's name. But it was made to reduce the stress of the fingers and hands from the usual type of keyboard where they say hands are stressed.
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@senthil2k (1501)
• India
4 Jul 07
Stressed hands are not good for health. Thanks for the response.
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
1 Jul 07
It can cause a nerve problem in your hands called Carpel Tunnel syndrome. It occurs when you do repetitive movement of any kind. Fluid builds up in the wrists putting pressure on the nerves running through there. It causes cramping and tingling through the hand and often up the arm to the elbow. Severe cases may require surgery. It can be prevented by not doing thing repetitively, exercising and stretching your hands often while doing repetitive things and proper hand positioning while doing repetitive things. Other less thought of side effects from spending a lot of time typing would be back problems because of a non supportive chair, water retention, poor circulation and blood clots from staying in a seated position for hours, and weight gain also from sitting for long hours and from eating less healthy but convenient food while sitting at the computer.
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@senthil2k (1501)
• India
1 Jul 07
Good. Now I know the name of that..Thanks for the response.
@arumsamp (37)
• India
5 Jul 07
I have also heard that typing a lot with cause stress in your wrist and palm. But I think it wont be a problem if you regularly exercise your hands.
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