If you’ve experienced consistent aches and pains at work, you’re not alone. Neck aches, eye irritation, back pain; these are only a few of the injuries that can be sustained when typing on the computer, or performing any other motion-related task repeatedly.
By adopting advanced voice-to-text technology and performing simple, yet necessary precautions, you can drastically reduce the likelihood that you’ll develop back/neck problems, carpal tunnel, eye strain and more.
What is a Repetitive Motion Injury?
Repetitive motion injuries (or repetitive stress injuries), are injuries to your muscles, nerves, ligaments and tendons caused by repeating the same motion again and again.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the more commonly known RMI’s, which occurs when the nerve connecting the forearm and hand is compressed by inflamed ligaments. Not only is this incredibly painful, it can also lead to a loss of motion and strength that will worsen over time.
According to one survey done by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), nearly 60% of computer office workers nationwide suffer from wrist pain at the computer, and 51.2% say their keyboards are placed too high.
How to Prevent an RMI
Like many other ailments, there are steps you can take to help prevent developing a repetitive motion injury.
- Take care of your body!
It can be easy to “get in the zone,” but it’s critical to make some time to get up and move. You’ve only got one body, so take care of it well! With ergonomically designed office setups, even a lift of your keyboard and computer screen can dramatically improve your physical health and wellbeing.
Stretches for the neck, back, wrists and legs are also key to maintaining good blood flow and keeping your body more relaxed. These stretches below, for example, are a great way to improve your range of motion and maintain flexibility to prevent carpal tunnel.
- Let technology do the work for you.
You’re already at the computer and tied to your smartphone – use your technology for good and have it do the heavy lifting for you!
With the TranscribeMe app for iPhone, along with service online, you can easily record and transcribe information like meeting notes, emails, ideas and rough drafts without typing, saving your body the pain that comes with frequent computer work. Using a combination of advanced voice-to-text technology and frequent stretch breaks, you’ll be invincible.
Don’t let work ruin your energy and health. Download TranscribeMe for iPhone today and save yourself from repetitive motion injuries.