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GENERAL GUIDELINES


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Click on each item below for more information on reducing your risk for a potentially disabling illness.

Relax!

Become aware of the tasks you perform all day, the tools you use, your posture, arm and hand positions, and the repetitive movements required to do these tasks.

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Modify or eliminate "high risk" work habits, such as:

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Avoid reaching and leaning.

  • Keep most-used material close to the body; within arm's reach.
  • Stand to reach anything above your shoulders.
  • Keep your elbows directly under your shoulders.
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Design your work/hobby areas to accommodate YOU or modify a shared area before you begin work each time.

If you are not comfortable, do something to change your environment.

(NOTE: Underlined items above are links to more information!!)

Making a workstation safe is most difficult for workstations shared by two or more workers. No two workers are shaped exactly the same.

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Practice healthy habits.

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  • Sit/stand in neutral posture (shoulders back, chin tucked, head upright, elbows as close to the body as possible).
  • Warm up before beginning a repetitive or forceful task. Flexibility exercises improve circulation and help compensate for work that must be done in awkward positions.
  • Alternate tasks.
  • Change your position often to relieve muscle strain.
  • Reduce speed and force. Use the minimum required force and slow down when doing repetitive tasks.
  • Stand up to stretch at least once per hour.
  • Do not anchor your arm when writing or keyboarding (i.e., move your whole arm for either task).
  • Use the whole hand and all fingers to grip, grasp, or lift.
  • Grasp objects lightly.
  • Alternate arms when carrying something heavy (e.g., suitcase, purse, briefcase, etc.)
  • Drink water.
  • Try to get enough sleep every night to wake feeling restored. This allows your body to repair damaged tissues.
  • Be aware of stressors in your daily life and minimize as many as possible. Stressors cause you to work with excess tension and force, and will decrease the amount of restful sleep you get.
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Respond to your occasional aches and pains.

Aches and pains are the early signs of potentially serious injuries. Living with the pain and hoping that it will go away results in an injury that is harder to treat and slower to heal. Pay serious attention to any persistent soreness or weakness, numbness, tingling. Make changes in your habits and workstation, and treat your symptoms. Early action can solve the problem and prevent disability. Learn more about CTD and treatment of CTD symptoms by clicking here.

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