A little thought can make all the difference

The Backpack Lean

RSI, or Repetitive Stress Injury, is a dreaded acronym. Employers fear it for the associated worker’s comp costs, and individuals fear it for the possible impact on quality of life.

There are many things we do everyday, not just in our workplaces, but in our homes and in just going about our daily business that could be leading us toward an RSI.

Last week a co-worker of mine was having shoulder pain, and it was troublesome to him. He is a frequent traveler and uses a backpack, and I asked him if he uses one shoulder strap or two. He knew right away where I was headed and was already convinced that his problem was more stress related, but promised to use both straps in the future, even just walking to the car after work.

I had been thinking about this post for a while, when the other day I followed another co-worker out the door and captured the photo above. Do you see the compensating lean? That means muscles are working differently than if he was walking with a balanced load. When you see the kids heading to the bus stop or off to school, look for the lean. It won’t cause problems for all of them, but it will, eventually, for some.

RSI can take a long time to become problematic, but once you realize you have an RSI, it’s not a simple thing to chase away.

Take look at your habits. How do you carry your backpack or briefcase? How over-filled is your handbag? Do you always carry it on the same side?

Think “center the load” and you might never know some of the pain that others eventually feel.

Let’s be careful out there.

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