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A tale of whoa.Views: 898
Aug 10, 2002 12:06 amA tale of whoa.#

Carmen Leilani
My RSIs affect both hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders up to my neck, upper back and lower back.

Sucks.

Since April I've been in therapy which includes Phys. Therapy exercises, Occupational Therapy
(hand exercises, that wax dip thing, etc.), biofeedback, acupuncture and myofascial release.

I walk too, almost every day in the Berkeley Hills. It helps a lot.

Split keyboard and opti mouse, I have a trackball at work but it kind of sucks.
They bought me ViaVoice for voice rec., but it's only good for writing emails or proposals and def. not great about giving commands across applications. I'm getting Dragon Nat. Speaking for my machine at home.

I work 4 hrs/day which is better than not being able to work at all.

If you're reading this, sit up straight.


Private Reply to Carmen Leilani

Aug 10, 2002 12:20 amre: A tale of whoa.#

Adrian Scott

yes, i like doing contrast baths (hands in water), the wax dip.

i try to walk 1-2 hours per day on average, which is great.

stretches on a roller are also really great.

and put 2 tennis balls in a sock and put those around your spine
and lie down it -- or use it while driving on your seat against your back.
that feels great.

main challenge is just to really slow down...

-a


> Carmen Leilani De Jesus wrote:
> My RSIs affect both hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders up to my neck, upper back and lower back.
>
>Sucks.
>
>Since April I've been in therapy which includes Phys. Therapy exercises, Occupational Therapy
>(hand exercises, that wax dip thing, etc.), biofeedback, acupuncture and myofascial release.
>
>I walk too, almost every day in the Berkeley Hills. It helps a lot.
>
>Split keyboard and opti mouse, I have a trackball at work but it kind of sucks.
>They bought me ViaVoice for voice rec., but it's only good for writing emails or proposals and def. not great about giving commands across applications. I'm getting Dragon Nat. Speaking for my machine at home.
>
>I work 4 hrs/day which is better than not being able to work at all.
>
>If you're reading this, sit up straight.


Private Reply to Adrian Scott

Aug 10, 2002 12:28 amre: re: A tale of whoa.#

Carmen Leilani
Oh, I've got a host of therapy accoutrements - including a big ball I use to stretch my back,
a rubber ball on a stick I use to "mobilize" my ribs, a theraband, a tubey thing, a foam column to roll my spine around.

And 2 molded arms splints I wear at night so I don't bend my elbows. Very sexy if you're into a medical fetish.


> Adrian Scott wrote:
>
>yes, i like doing contrast baths (hands in water), the wax dip.
>
>i try to walk 1-2 hours per day on average, which is great.
>
>stretches on a roller are also really great.
>
>and put 2 tennis balls in a sock and put those around your spine
>and lie down it -- or use it while driving on your seat against your back.
>that feels great.
>
>main challenge is just to really slow down...
>
>-a
>
>
>> Carmen Leilani De Jesus wrote:
>> My RSIs affect both hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders up to my neck, upper back and lower back.
>>
>>Sucks.
>>
>>Since April I've been in therapy which includes Phys. Therapy exercises, Occupational Therapy
>>(hand exercises, that wax dip thing, etc.), biofeedback, acupuncture and myofascial release.
>>
>>I walk too, almost every day in the Berkeley Hills. It helps a lot.
>>
>>Split keyboard and opti mouse, I have a trackball at work but it kind of sucks.
>>They bought me ViaVoice for voice rec., but it's only good for writing emails or proposals and def. not great about giving commands across applications. I'm getting Dragon Nat. Speaking for my machine at home.
>>
>>I work 4 hrs/day which is better than not being able to work at all.
>>
>>If you're reading this, sit up straight.
>
>


Private Reply to Carmen Leilani

Sep 23, 2002 5:08 pmre: A tale of whoa.#

Jody Gnant
Just wanted to say thanks for the reminder to sit up straight. :)

> Carmen Leilani De Jesus wrote:>
>If you're reading this, sit up straight.


Private Reply to Jody Gnant

Jul 20, 2003 2:40 amre: A tale of whoa.#

J
Good advice -- thanks! Sometimes I forget to keep an eye on my posture, but my wrists usually remind me before long.

I've had low-grade wrist problems for about 10 years now. My internist was all set to send me to a surgeon when they first appeared, but I said wait a second here, let's try the most conservative approach first.

I ended up going to a neurologist at Mass. General who had been recommended by a friend. He looked at my back and decided that the large muscles of my upper back were too weak, causing me to put weight on my wrists, etc. He sent me to a physical therapist, who gave me some back exercises, which I did for several months, and it helped quite a bit. I still have some pain from time to time, but nothing I can't deal with.

Stick with conservative first -- only go under the knife if all else fails... that's my advice!

Urb

> Carmen Leilani De Jesus wrote:
>If you're reading this, sit up straight.


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