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It's Not Carpal Tunnel Syndrome!: RSI Theory and Therapy for Computer Professionals Paperback – April 1, 2001
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When someone recommended me about this book I was sceptical because I thought "oh, I have an inflammation, what does RSI have to do with it?". I was so desperate that I bought it anyway. This is honestly the best book I've ever read - it has ALL the information there is to know about your hand pain - basic anatomy, ergonomics, posture, recommended therapies and self-help exercises you could do at home. It was written in 2000, but I believe it is still relevant and in addition, the book refers to online sources about new information available about RSI. Beyond everything - this book just gave me a high motivation to treat myself full-time and to not accept the hand-pain situation as given.
I could not recommend it more. Do yourself a favour and order one now.
I have purchased numerous copies for friends (so they didn't have an excuse not to read it). I worked with my employer to get a set for team mates too (so they wouldn't wind up like me) who've reported it helpful though none were so dire as I had been. I even gifted a copy to my dentist's staff some of whom deal with RSI from handling small dental instruments with a firm grip for control over many hours. I cringe at the thought of using my hands that way. I think the sub-title does this book a disservice because I suspect the content is helpful well beyond computer users. If you have RSI pain and use your hands for precision, repetitive motion, do yourself a favor and read/practice this book.
There are many books out there, and although I have not read them all, I have researched a lot about this illness and this is one of the best books to get. Filled with information about Computer acquired RSI, the authors go through every major detail about the illness: Posture, genetics, diet, work habits, ergonomic workstations, you name it, they have researched a lot.
Then book features a direct and easy language, nice B/W illustrations, and many sites for research all over the Web, which you can use to further your knowledge about RSI.
This book doesn't feature too many excersices, it is mainly informative, and the authors just give a few pointers and encourage the reader to find professional help.
Now the negative: There are a couple of things I did find somwhat odd in this book. After describing and defining RSI, and documenting how missunderstood this illness is by the medical community, they jump into their major recommendation: Go to a doctor and get a proffessional opinion. Well then you have to find a doctor versed in RSI, and not one that only want to operate, like they did on the many cases described in the book.
Second, I actually found a little offensive. They are quick to dissmiss any form of alternative therapy such as herbs, taking vitamn B6, homeophaty or even acupuncture regarding them as 'new agey' and not worth trying. To the mainstream or regular medical community, massages and physcal therapy like the authors suggest are also alternative. I have personally combined exercises with acupuncture and healthy eating habits plus suplemments, with good results.
In all, a great resource book, not many excersices but a lot of info, and we all know the best tool against any illness is information.
Buy it along with Conquering Carpal Tunnel Syndrome : And Other Repetitive Strain Injuries by Sharon J. Butler and begin your journey towards recovery.
Peace and Health to you.