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Repetitive Strain Injury: A Computer User's Guide [Hardcover]

Emil Pascarelli , Deborah Quilter
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31 May 1994
A unique Seven-Point Program for the prevention and treatment of this progressive disease, consisting of rules for good postural alignment, exercises, pacing and managing pain. Will help people avoid injury altogether or aid them in their recovery process. All techniques described are inexpensive, effective, non-invasive and do not require the purchase of expensive special equipment. Includes helpful information on setting up a workstation, buying the right type of chair and selecting the correct keyboard.


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  • Hardcover: 218 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc (31 May 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471595322
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471595328
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,702,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book has become a Bible for those suffering from Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). It explains what to ask your doctor (and why) when you go in for a diagnosis; it also lists more than two dozen types of RSI and related conditions, from cervical radiculopathy to reflex sympathetic dysfunction to fibromyalgia. If these terms sound intimidating, then the book succeeds in bringing them down to clear, manageable definitions.

Quilter and Pascarelli also explain the causes of RSI that are often unconsidered, including being obese, typing while cradling the phone with your shoulder, and having long fingernails. They don't discuss many of the different surgeries used for RSI but instead choose to discuss the various kinds of physical and occupational therapy treatments: acupuncture, stretching, vitamins and nutrition, relaxation techniques, deep tissue massage and guided visualisation. There's also an extensive list of helpful tricks for adapting to living with RSI, from making changes in the kitchen to re-learning how to drive.

This is also the RSI book if you're looking for information on the psychological ramifications of RSI and how to handle both time off from work and the return to the office. --Jake Bond --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Deborah Quilter's RSI Web site
Readers interested in this subject may visit Deborah Quilter's RSI Web site at http://www.users.interport.net/~webdeb/ The contents include warning signs of injury, tips on preventing RSI and listings of Ms. Quilter's upcoming lectures and seminars. The site also contains articles about the mouse and other input devices; interviews; and her monthly column on ergonomics, which features product reviews and other news of interest to computer users who have repetitive strain injury or wish to prevent it. > --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This book has helped me tremendously. Already having just skimmed it, I have found 3-4 things I do posture and lifestyle-wise that I need to change.
I think there are a lot of users like me that need this book: having intermittant pain that could become serious if not attended to soon.
Don't believe the morons that say RSI is just in your head, or the people on the other end that think it is untreatable and spout horror stories. You *can* recover, and most important, you can *prevent* it.
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This book was a gift of serendipity. The information in it allowed me to communicate to my DR's and the State Workers' Compensation Division exactally what my injury is. Because of prolonged computer "leashing" I developed a bi-lateral Ulnar nerve compression. I sought "compentent" medical treatment for 4 months until I read this book. I found such treatment because this publication empowered me to ask the right questions. I will not relate details but I was severly abused in the Medical system (yes I am FULLY insured) prior to having the information Ms. Quilter provides in this excellent book. If you have sore hands, numb hands or, as I did, muscle loss in your arms or hands, BUY this book! I have been given full Workers' Compensation, and have been blessed to find the upper extremity Orthopaedic Surgens at the University of Pittsburgh because of the drive this publication gave me and refusal to stop looking for the best help for my injury.
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This book was a gift of serendipity. The information in it allowed me to communicate to my DR's and the State Workers' Compensation Division exactally what my injury is. Because of prolonged computer "leashing" I developed a bi-lateral Ulnar nerve compression. I sought "compentent" medical treatment for 4 months until I read this book. I found such treatment because this publication empowered me to ask the right questions. I will not relate details but I was severly abused in the Medical system (yes I am FULLY insured) prior to having the information Ms. Quilter provides in this excellent book. If you have sore hands, numb hands or, as I did, muscle loss in your arms or hands, BUY this book! I have been given full Workers' Compensation, and have been blessed to find the upper extremity Orthopaedic Surgens at the University of Pittsburgh because of the drive this publication gave me and refusal to stop looking for the best help for my injury.
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This is the most comprehensive book I have ever read on repetitive strain injuries. I have been suffering from various RSI's in my wrists/elbows/arms for about a year now, and was very frustrated that none of the numerous doctors I saw seemed to be able to help me, or even understood what was wrong with me. Just one chapter into the book, I felt a great sense of relief that the author *understands* not only the injury, but the frustration and anger that patients suffer. There are detailed descriptions of the various types of RSI's, how they are caused, and what you can do about correcting the problems that caused them in the first place. Along with this are valuable instructions on workplace ergonomics, suggestions for helpful ways to make everyday life easier, pain management, and a resource guide at the end of the book, with suppliers of helpful tools as well as legal resources if your injury is work-related. An excellent book, I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a second opinion on RSI? 17 Feb 2005
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yep - an excellent book for RSI sufferers and avoiding RSI - but dont just assume you have RSI, like i did. Doctors, in my experience, haven't a clue what to do or how to help and RSI seems to be a new catch-all phrase but without any real medical answers. I'm not doubting for a second that rsi really exists nor am i saying that its 'all in the head' but in my case, i had RSI symptoms which i now know were based on emotional factors and the book that really saved my computer programming career and ultimately a prolonged period of anquish over my symptoms and how they were 'restricting' me was the following - The Mind/Body Prescription by John Sarno. Currently under 7 on amazon (no, i dont work for amazon!!) - but well worth reading for an alternative opinion... anyway, good luck, it is a condition that is more like a self-discovery journey than a quick fix with pills or a physio (in my experience)
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After a 6 month leave, I returned to work and picked up right where I left off. I ended up with so much pain in my arms and hands I was taking massive doses of Motrin every 4 hours. Pacarelli and Quilter's book showed me how to set up my work station properly and how to makeover my work habits. I was able to continue working - while healing! After only several months, I was pain free - and after 3 years (still following the guidelines in the book), I still am.
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5.0 out of 5 stars RSI/CTD - the unacknowledged high tech epidemic 24 Oct 1997
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Pascarelli & Quilter's book is an absolute must-read for all Health & Safety Coordinators and for all people working with keyboards. Practically-oriented, the authors have carefully outlined all of the common manifestations of cumulative trauma disorders (CTDs) one encounters as a result of repetitive strain injuries (RSIs). The book is resourceful, an easy read, and covers the subject thoroughly. Jim Lovette RN, MA
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