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December 29, 1989 - Image 68

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-12-29

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HEALTH I

T ake

your
kids
to court.

Franklin's Junior Tennis Pro ram

is open to members and non-members alike. Geare to those
between the ages of 5 and 18, instruction is provided on an
individual basis at all levels. Sessions fill up rapidly, so call and
register today or stop by at 29350 Northwestern, just west of
Franklin Road in Southfield.



Winter Session Begins
cL. In January

To register, or for more information, call: 352-8000

Ext. 38.

FRANKLIN

Fitness Racquet Club

Shvitz

(verb, noun) . . . Sounds like it's spelled (Sh...viz) . . . The
act of sweating during all areas of fitness offered at the
JCC Men's Health Club. A place to sit and sweat and
smooze after a game of tennis or racquetball, squash,
walleyball, swimming, jogging or just to relax.

JCC Men's Health Club Membership

$150 off in January!

(Now that's something to Shvitz about!)

• must not have been a health club member in past year.
• V2 down, balance in 90 days.
• good January 1990 only.

For more information contact the Membership Office 661-1000 ext. 265, 266

10-F

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 29, 1989

Work Hazards

Continued from preceding page

Even in the recent past, peo-
ple with desk jobs had to get
up and move around — to talk
to a co-worker, to find a file, to
use the copier. Today, more
often than not, the computer
terminal has made all that
movement unnecessary. This
lack of movement has resulted
in new waves of muscle ten-
sion and even injury.
These disorders, called gen-
erally "repetitive motion in-
juries" or "cumulative trauma
disorders," have been linked
so frequently to the repeated
striking of computer keys that
they're commonly known as
"computeritis."
The most common of these
problems is carpal tunnel syn-
drome, although other cumu-
lative trauma disorders can
also develop when there is
repeated tension on the hands,
arms and shoulders.
So prevalent are these dis-
orders now that, according to
"9 to 5," the National Associ-
ation of Working Women,
cumulative trauma disorders
have become the nation's
leading cause of occupational
illnesses. Predictions are that
in the 1990s, they will account
for half of all job-related
disorders.
At the Los Angeles Times,
more than 200 of the news-
paper's 1,100 reporters and
copy editors have received
medical attention for repeti-
tive motion injuries. In a 1989
survey of telecommunications
workers by the Communica-
tions Workers of America, 63
percent of telephone operators
reported that they had early
symptoms of cumulative
trauma disorder. Of the 500
directory-assistance operators
working at U.S. West Com-
munications in Denver, 189
have filed repetitive injury
claims.
How can you get "compu-
teritis" just by sitting in front
of your terminal all day? The
rapid repetitive motion of
working at a computer key-
board, where you can make
more than 12,000 strokes per
hour, can cause strain and in-
flammation of the tendons in
the hands and wrists. That
swelling can pinch the nerve
that runs through a passage in
the wrist, the carpal tunnel,
causing such symptoms as
tingling and numbness in the
hands, pain in the arms, and
coordination loss in the
fingers.

When we used typewriters,
carpal tunnel syndrome was
rare because the typewriter
allowed for "rest periods" —
short breaks for putting in
new sheets of paper, waiting
for the carriage to return,
changing ribbons, correcting
errors. When you operate a

computer, however, your
hands never have to leave the
keyboard and you can work at
a much faster pace, creating
even more repetitive move-
ments.
Since the symptoms of
cumulative trauma disorders
can plague you for the rest of
your life, your best bet is to try
to prevent them before they
occur. A report by the Bureau
of National Affairs suggests
the following:
Adjust your chair so that
your elbows are bent at right
angles and your forearms are
approximately parallel to the
floor; place your keyboard so
that your wrists are level (you
can also buy wrist-support
devices at some computer-
supply stores); take frequent

The rapid
repetitive motion
of working at a
computer
keyboard can
cause strain and
inflammation of
the tendons.

rest breaks throughout the
day, hold your hands and
wrists in a "neutral" position,
without bending or curving
them; and periodically stretch
your back, neck, arms, hands
and wrists.
Also, use your whole hand
and all your fingers to grasp or
lift objects rather than just
your thumb and index fingers;
avoid repetitive hand move-
ments as much as possible and
try to minimize the speed and
force applied to any such
movement; and avoid letting
your forearms press into sharp
edges at your work site.
The back is another par-
ticularly vulnerable point of
your body during the work
day. To avoid back problems,
the most important thing is to
sit properly.
Sitting is often incorrectly
performed. Most people sit in
`C' shape. This stresses the
spine. It's important to sit up
straight.
It is also important to have
a good relationship between
your chair and your desk. The
incorrect height of a chair or a
desk in relation to your own
height can create neck,
shoulder, and back problems.
An oblique desk, usually
seen only in the studios of art-
ist or architects, is one poten-
tial problem-saver; it puts less
stress on the neck because you
don't have to bend too far for-
ward to see what you're doing.
Another possibility is the new-
ly developed ergonomic furni-
ture, designed to ease the
crunches of a long day at the
office.

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