It is all too easy to forget that our hands can be our most important tool, regardless of whether you’re a writer, a programmer, a massage therapist or a stay home mum, we rely on our hands is so very much. It’s often not until something goes wrong that we remember to take care of ourselves, at least I know that’s true for me.
I’ve been having a lot of trouble with my right shoulder, bicep, my elbows, and my fingers recently. I was putting it all down to my usual variety of medical problems, but it wasn’t until I visited my physio for some severe pain around my thumb that I realised a lot of this was due to RSI.
I really like my apps and I really liked my reminders, I may have mentioned that I have reminders throughout the day that pop up on my smartwatch and in my calendar to tell me to drink water, to drink a cup of tea, even to switch between tasks I’ve planned for the day. This week I’m going to trial a new app called “Time out” and use it to help me remember to do various exercises for my hands and arms, including massage all that good stuff. Hopefully, this will help to treat the RSI problems.
Some of the other changes that I’ve implemented are:
- Switching to my husbands Goldtouch keyboard. It’s a very fancy Bluetooth keyboard that can be adjusted to either sit flat like the usual keyboard or be angled to relieve that ulna/radius twist that’s so bad for our forearms. The angle of the keyboard can be adjusted slowly so that you can retrain your brain and fingers on where the keys are.
- I’m utilising a great deal of my mac’s dictation commands, which is equal parts convenient and equal parts freaking annoying. I highly recommend setting up you’re own commands where needed. I have found that the computer doesn’t always understand me, for some reason when I say “Lightroom” it hears “)” yep, a closing bracket, *bewildered shrug*.
- I’ve also moved my mouse pad and keyboard so that my forearms rest on my desk, which provides support, so they don’t have to do all the work.
- One of my favourite additions is a small spiky exercise ball in bright red; I’m sure the colour is crucial. I find rolling it around between my palms when I am thinking about something else is pleasurable for the muscles, tendons and fascia in my hands and it’s kinda fun).
Time to take a break, and please, do take care of your bodies.