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Old June 20th, 2014, 07:25 AM   #16
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Re: How to avoid/beat Repetitive Strees Injury?

Let us know how it works out. As with all injuries it will take time to heal.
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Old June 20th, 2014, 07:44 AM   #17
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Re: How to avoid/beat Repetitive Strees Injury?

I will!...;-).

I gotta say that today at home I changed the configuration of my workspace, I put the screen in front of me, etc, did some stretches before working and installed this software to try out:

WorkPace (stretch-break software) Wellnomics

And right now, after hours of working (pen+keyboard--no mouse) my right hand wrist, where I use keyboard (regular one) has not bother as much as before, I think what is key is that I try to be alert on how I seat and such and this little software is great reminder, doing those micro-pauses in which I stretch all the time and then the longer ones where it shows videos on what to do longer stretches helps a lot.

I would not need any software but as I know, I get deep into working and forget to rest for hours, so with those auto riminders that is taken care off. So I hope that along with future mouse I don't run into cronic RSI pains.

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Old June 29th, 2014, 09:31 PM   #18
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Re: How to avoid/beat Repetitive Strees Injury?

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I wonder if with practice I can achive such a speed with the pen (I have use the pen not too long), I go much faster than before but not as fast with them. Do any of you use a wacom and go as fast with mouse expecially selecting and such?
I used a wacom exclusively for 5-6 years - I switched over specifically due to tendonitis pain from repetitive use. Personally I found I could be faster with it, but it did take some practice. I found a smaller tablet to be better for interface work - for a while I had a 12x12, but I mapped a small area in the corner which I used to navigate the screen, and then would move to the larger area for photoshop work where I needed the precision of the larger area. With the smaller area you can jump the cursor around the screen instantly with very little motion (much less than a mouse), it just takes some time to get precise with it.
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Old June 30th, 2014, 09:44 AM   #19
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Re: How to avoid/beat Repetitive Strees Injury?

I've been using a Wacom tablet at work for well over a decade. Mine is a 6x8 Wacom. The size is balanced well for UI and artwork. Even is right. Less motion for UI and more motion for art would be ideal.

The two ongoing hassles are having to pick up & put down the pen and situations where you need to click exactly the same spot multiple times. With a mouse, you just leave it in place and click. With a pen, you lift it and it never goes back to exactly the same spot.

At home, I've recently gotten the Apple Magic Mouse. It works surprisingly well. I hold it with a light touch and extend my thumb to keep my wrist at a somewhat neutral rotation. This is different than "palming" a thicker mouse. Similarly, it responds to light touches on its surface.

I think that's part of the equation: learning to relax when using the pointer. If you grip things hard, it stresses soft tissue and locks the hand into a static, repetitive position. If you relax and let the joints move gently, it's more natural. Then again, I haven't been working intensively at home recently. If I were racing the clock with points and clicks, my experience with the Magic Mouse might be different.
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Old July 6th, 2014, 04:31 AM   #20
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Re: How to avoid/beat Repetitive Strees Injury?

You're right, lot's of audio file editing can result in repetitive strain injuries.

I had a bluetooth mouse that wasn't connecting properly and required excessive movement that resulted in wrist, arm and shoulder pain.

I went from a wireless mouse to a hardwired track ball two years ago and it's been great. Took about two or three days to get used to, but I'm VERY happy to have made the switch.


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