If you are American and work in an office, there is a better-than-average likelihood that you spend at least four hours of your workday in front of a computer. This is considered to be heavy computer use. Heavy use of computers often leads to discomfort in the upper body: from pain in the hands and wrists, through soreness in the elbows and shoulders and into upper back and neck pain.
People who spend several hours each day working at a computer commonly complain about:
- Tightness, soreness and stiffness in the hands, wrists, fingers, forearms and elbows
- Tingling or numbness in the hands
- Loss of coordination and strength in the hands
- Pain in the upper back, shoulders and neck
These complaints are common, and are frequently precursors to Repetitive Strain Injury, or RSI. RSI is far easier to prevent than it is to cure, and once it is contracted, it is frequently a condition that simply must be lived with.
Dr. Paul Marxhausen who published an authoritative webpage on computer-related Repetitive Strain Injuries, has great advice to offer people who are concerned that they may be developing RSI in their hands, forearms, wrists and elbows. Good posture, body positioning, proximity to the computer monitor and avoiding the use of wrist rests are all part of Dr. Marxhausen’s plan for the prevention of RSI.
Working with pain does not help a person to feel great at work and it does not help them to do a great job. In fact, being in pain makes a person much less effective at whatever they are doing. Thankfully, there is SpiderTech, drug-free relief for minor aches and pains. SpiderTech is a body injury tape that supports the muscles, increases blood flow and relieves pain in the sore area. Because it is made from 100% breathable cotton and is waterproof, SpiderTech body tape can comfortably remain in place for five full days.
SpiderTech body tape is actually a form of kinesiology tape, which is designed to prevent injury, to be worn after injury and to help with a very wide variety of painful medical conditions. It is available in many pre-cut forms, including the wrist extensor support pictured above. Entirely drug-free, SpiderTech allows you to perform at your best, while leaving pills, creams and gels behind.