RSI-UK Digest for 15 Aug 1997

My partner is a Macintosh based graphic designer who came down with RSI a year and a half ago. Her pain became severe and she wasn’t able to work for 5 months because we didn’t catch it in time. Eventually we managed to improve and control most of her symptoms and she is happily back at work, with a promotion! We used a ‘multidisciplinary’ approach, trying many non-invasive treatments and technical solutions to her ‘AMT‘-like RSI. The most helpful include:

  • Professional Ergonomic assessment and changes to her workstation (by Craig Simmons <100431.2416@CompuServe.COM>
  • Powersecretary voice recognition software which can run her Mac including QuarkXPress and System (From Voice Works in London)
  • Deep tissue massage, daily icing of her arms, Neural Stretching Exercises from physiotherapy, jogging, Alexander Technique, Acupuncture.

The massage, Alexander and Acupuncture were on the LETS system, which is an organised bartering system running in many parts of the country. The advantage of LETS is that you can get these therapies without having to use cash. Unfortunately, doctors weren’t very helpful (gave her anti-inflammatory and told her to go back to work). One did however; get her a good physiotherapist which helped. Powersecretary is the best and only option for the Mac.

Comment 1: Thanks for this encouraging story. Where can I get details of the LETS system? I’ve just heard that Power Secretary will not be compatible with OS 8. Can anyone confirm this? Voice Works were vague when I asked.

Comment 2: Maltron admitted that they have problems with Macs, but couldn’t offer a solution. I’ve since discovered a US keyboard by Kinetics that looks like a more elegant version of the the Maltron. But now I’m looking into VR, I’m not pursuing it.

Comment 3: P&Q, as it is widely known in the world of RSI sufferers, is the standard RSI text. It is excellent – accessible and contains loads of useful advice. I recommend it wholeheartedly. It can be ordered on-line from any of the book stores on the web.

Comment 4: Does anyone know how I can get this book? I’ve tried ordering it from bookshops but have been told that it is “US market only” and can’t be supplied in the UK.

Comment 5: I found it very hard to get in the UK, and eventually got a friend in the US to order it there and send it. There are some US bookshops on the WWW – you could try one of them. We do also have a copy at work here – I don’t know where it came from but if it was via our usual ordering channels it would have been Blackwells.

Comment 6: A couple of URLs to try: – very large US book shop, should have this. 

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