Posts belonging to Category 'commentary'

Costochondritis II – The wicked itch is almost dead

It’s time I revisited my previous costochondritis posting as it has been a while since I posted it and its well overdue an update. It has been over 4.5 years since I was first diagnosed with costochondritis¬† in my sternum after heavy labour in the garden. It has certainly proven to have been a very […]

A mindful approach to cardiovascular exercise

In addition to battling RSI in my forearms, I struggle with other ailments including problematic knees. Along with yoga, cardiovascular exercise is a means of retaining the fitness needed to allow me to keep on top of these physical issues. The exercise equipment that I use most often is the static bicycle (actually a regular […]

Put your phone down!

Brilliant funny video from Fog and Smog films, but with a serious message for us RSI sufferers! Rate this post!

Do 45% of Irish Workers have RSI?

In an article entitled “Forty-five per cent of workers have suffered from RSI” published in siliconrepublic.com. There is a reference to a survey – ” … by IrishJobs.ie,¬† Enable Ireland and Assistive Technology Training specialists asked more than 1,000 employees about how comfortable they were as they work.” OK, this was a smallish survey of […]

Stress – No. 1 long term sickness absence cause in UK workforce

Several news articles yesterday referenced the findings by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) which show that, “… stress has become the main cause of long-term sickness absence for the first time across the British workforce”. Two main articles appear in The Telegraph as well as The Guardian. The Guardian article states: “Worries […]

Trigger Point Therapy Update

I thought I’d write a post as a follow up to my trigger point therapy post since its been a while since I updated you on my status. Let me start off by saying that trigger point therapy has been a fantastic tool for finding muscle knots in my arms, relieving and deactivating those knots […]

It’s a mouse! Ouch!!

I constantly see advertisements for ergonomic mice. It seems like every company has an ergonomic mouse out there that has been specifically designed to reduce RSI, improve ergonomics, help avoid injuries etc etc. Just about every time I eagerly check out a picture of the new super ergonomic mouse, however, I am usually confronted by […]

Understanding RSI

One of the particular frustrations with having an RSI condition is that, as devastating as its impact can be upon lives and careers, it can be easily dismissed as insignificant or “all in the head” by those who have had no insight into its nature. When even the medical community can be guilty of dismissiveness, […]

The many forms of RSI

In this blog, I have focused substantially on RSIs associated with computer and mobile device usage, specifically wrist and arm injuries. Of course, there are many other types of injury that can result from occupational overuse, whether you are a programmer, a checkout assistant or a chainsaw operator. Injuries are not confined to work of […]

The rise and fall of a promising career

I have touched on many of the practical dos and don’ts about RSI, but what about its associated stigma and how it has the potential to change your employer’s perception of you? Usually RSI sneaks up on you and hits you when you are most under pressure and least able to cope with or, indeed, […]