Work discomfort from overuse and long hours at your computer can lead to devastating consequences due to the effects of repetitive and stagnant muscle over usage. Know the dangers of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) and proactively offset them with useful tips and strategies to keep your body safe and comfortable during work hours ensuring health and vitality at work and in life.
• Offset the damaging effects of RSI.
• Sit with comfort.
• Align yourself for optimal work performance.
• Apply the 20/20 rule for rest and recovery.
• Choose proven approaches for quick pain relief.
• Apply easy to use ergonomics & innovative tools, out of the box.
Join physical therapist Brent Dodge as he presents his perspective and understanding of Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WMSDs) and how these disorders can negatively impact the body, leading potentially to a host of painful conditions including some you may be familiar with, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, neck tension, and back pain. When the body is exposed to a combination of forces, awkward body alignment and postures, and repetition, especially in the absence of rest and recovery, WMSDs may result. Brent discusses the types of injury that can occur due to WMSDs and then outlines the causes and practical steps you can take to improve your health and avoid problems on and off the job.
Certified in ergonomics, Cheyenne shares her story of a debilitating career loss after working as a freelance graphic designer for 18 years. Long hours at her computer, keyboard, and mouse took their toll, largely due to overuse, compounded by her being uninformed about the damaging effects to her muscles and tendons that can occur from repetitive motions.
Join Cheyenne as she shares her story about how simply having a sore forearm led to an inability to use both of her hands, arms and thumbs, and even an inability to drive a car, to grocery shop, or to do basic daily tasks for many years afterward.
Cheyenne researched extensively for a solution to help her heal, as well as an understanding of these types of injuries. It took more than eight years of determination, exercise, and support to finally attain better health, although even now, she is left with some permanent damage. By sharing her story, Cheyenne sincerely hopes that you and others will be inspired to take a proactive approach to your health, while gaining a greater understanding of the potential consequences of not taking care of your body and by not being informed about repetitive strain injuries.
In this video, chiropractor Anthony Lambert presents his experience and education of repetitive stress injuries and how they impact the body and brain connection leading to an array of conditions including neck pain, headaches, carpal tunnel type symptoms, lower back pain and sciatica. The body and brain should not be exposed to these repetitive stresses such as prolonged sitting at the computer and doing so can and will create injury. Anthony finishes with simple daily action steps to reduce repetitive stress to lead a healthy work and social life.
Based on successful results in her own health, Cheyenne suggests a number of exercise tips that you can use outside of your workplace and inside your office for maintaining optimal health. In this short video, Cheyenne shares her recommendation on how many times each week you should be doing cardio exercise, along with how often you should be getting up from your computer to create the necessary blood flow throughout your day, regardless of the amount of cardio you achieved previously.
Out of the box thinking with ergonomics and habits! Break up your day by using different muscles through implementing a variety of computer tools! Cheyenne shares with you her favorite computer tools, which include an innovative ergonomic mouse that helps hold your wrist in a more natural form, a voice activated dictate program, as well as use of a stylus pen. Using different types of tools at the computer helps reduce the potential for overuse among the same muscles.
Learn a variety of tips that Cheyenne gleaned over a period of eight years from several nationally acclaimed health care practitioners. These approaches came highly recommended, showed remarkable effectiveness, and yielded impressive results. She includes the ideas and approaches that helped her the most for quick relief from pain and other symptoms such as burning, tingling, and numbness.
When you experience pain at work, the pain by itself can cause stress to mount, not to mention concerns about lost income, career considerations, family, among others. These factors cause stress to escalate. In this video, Cheyenne shares ideas of where you can turn for additional resources in the event pain becomes unbearable at work and you determine the need to discontinue working.
This video is a comprehensive guide to all of the proactive tips that have previously been shared to help you stay healthy in and out of the office setting. Here are some of the key reminders that were covered.
• 20/20 Rule
• Proper ergonomics
• Exercise and nutrition
• Remaining active
• Implementing a variety of supportive computer tools and body practices
• Valuable resources to expand your research on RSI, along with proactive ideas to lessen the hours you sit at the computer doing repetitive motions.
Thank you for participating in our course! We hope that you have enjoyed the presentation and that you have gained ideas and strategies that you can put into practice immediately. The course conclusion and overview are designed as a helpful reminder of the suggestions we have offered along the way.
Please contact us if you have any further questions.
Cheyenne, Brent, and Anthony!
Cheyenne R. Doss graduated with a BA in Graphic Design in 1993. After 18 years of freelance graphic design, she suffered from a debilitating career loss due to overusing the computer, keyboard, mouse, and simply being uninformed of the damaging effects these repetitive motions had on her muscles and tendons. As a result, she certified in Computer Ergonomics and researched extensively to gather the key information about a condition called computer-related Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) that occurs from overusing the hands and arms to perform repetitive tasks such as typing, writing, or clicking and moving a mouse. Anyone who uses a computer on a daily basis should be informed about RSI. Today we are seeing an epidemic of injuries to the hands, arms, and shoulders. The countless and ceaseless repetition of keystrokes and the clicking and dragging of the mouse and other pointing devices, accumulates damage to the body. This can happen with stress, fatigue, force, and job demands, which can result in career loss. It is Cheyenne’s wish to inform and educate as many people as she can about these effects and to provide solutions to maintain the longevity of health in and out of the workplace.
Brent Dodge graduated with a Master's in Physical Therapy from the University of Puget Sound in 1991. He is the founding owner of Alpine Physical Therapy, a multi-site orthopedic physical therapy practice in Missoula, Montana, the largest practice of its kind in Montana. Brent is a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist, a Certified Manual Physical Therapist, and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Having lived and worked in Western Montana for 24 years, his expertise has focused largely in providing work injury management services, including education, training, and treatment of Repetitive Strain Injury.
Dr. Anthony Lambert was born and raised in Williston, ND. After graduating high school, he went on to Minot State University to study biology and clinical laboratory science. While attending university Dr. Anthony was a member of the basketball team and co-captain his last two years. During his second year he suffered a season ending injury. While rehabbing, Dr. Anthony found the benefits of chiropractic care and decided that was his calling. After graduation, he attended Palmer College of Chiropractic in Iowa.
Today Dr. Anthony has been practicing chiropractic in Missoula, MT for 12 years. Being a husband and father of three he understands the need for work life balance. Dr. Anthony has learned from his past injuries and experience to understand the importance of education geared toward reducing repetitive stress on the nervous system. He teaches this same education to his clients and community everyday so we can live well and stay well together.