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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.
This book offers very clear, respectful advise and case studies. It shows that the symptoms can vary according to the severity of the cause and how people's bodies are built. No Instant Cure, no promises, but it does give a very useful, general approach to how to understand and manage the overall problems.
I can see how only an experienced RSI diagnostician would pick this up; I missed the neck completely, and not one doctor ever looked for the signs. And yes, I have been getting "shocks" emanating from the thoracic outlet and brachial plexus mentioned at their companion Web site.
I then went and checked the book and found that this is consistent with the patho-physiology of TOS.