Hi everybody! Today, I would like to talk about something
that is not strictly related to translation, but it’s a subject that we always worry about: repetitive strain injury. That’s what happens when we move our body
a certain way several times throughout the day and it causes inflammation to tendons and nerves. Considering our daily activities as translators, that usually happens in our upper extremities because we’re typing
and moving the mouse all day long. If you do not plan your office ergonomically you soon start feeling discomfort
on your fingers, wrist, forearms, elbows, biceps, and shoulders. That goes without saying that
your feet and your legs can also get swollen from sitting in front of the computer all day. What about that pain in the neck and back
that you’re always complaining about? In one of my past lives, when I was going to school
to become a computer programmer, I actually had to have physical therapy because my forearms really hurt. The insurance company even thought
it was the kind of insurance fraud or scam, because of how young I was, and people were usually treated
for that kind of pain and discomfort when they were well in their 30s. But that goes to show that it only takes
a couple of years for damage to be done. Back then, I wasn’t a using my computer correctly. I wasn’t sitting in a comfortable position, and I would spend too much time typing
without getting any rest. Doctors recommended ice therapy
and also shock therapy, which consisted of some
electrodes connected to my forearms to send shock waves and relieve
muscle aches and inflammation. That was over half my life ago, and I’m very fortunate that I’ve never needed
physical therapy for that kind of issue again. Still a couple of years ago I started feeling some discomfort on my hand. It was my right hand that I use to move my mouse, and I would feel some discomfort here
and also around my thumb, because my thumb seemed to be in a very awkward
position when hitting the spacebar all the time. That’s when I decided to upgrade my peripherals, and I bought a keyboard and a mouse that are ergonomically designed. And two years later it’s made a world of difference. So, this is the keyboard that I got. It’s a Microsoft keyboard, which is funny because I don’t use Windows I use Linux… But, anyway, it connects perfectly with my computer and it has this kind of division here,
this separation for your right hand your left hand, and, even though it looks weird, shape wise, it does feel more normal, more comfortable, because your hands
aren’t in this position all the time. They’re actually resting in a better angle, so it really helped me
with my wrist and with my thumb. As for my mouse, this is what it looks like.
I know it’s kind of weird It’s not shaped like the little mouse
that we were always used to. And it sits like this on my hand. Let me see if I can show you all the angles. I have the two buttons here, and the scroller here, and it’s more anatomically friendly, because my hand doesn’t have to be
in that position, like… What is it supposed to be like?
This for your mouse, all the time. It actually fits my wrist better, so it doesn’t put a lot of strain in that area
that I was complaining about all the time. It also helps with my thumb,
because it sits in a better position like this. Now, besides my ergonomic peripherals, I also got something else that
―it looks kind of cheesy… But it helps me a lot especially when I have longer projects and I know
I’ll spend a few days working longer hours, as opposed to having shorter projects
that allow me to take breaks all the time. What I got is this… I know kinda looks like a Madonna kind of thing. If I’m dating myself…
Yeah, 80s girl here! But they’re compression gloves,
and they really help because… It almost feels like you’re having this
nice, warm handshake all day long. And, while you’re typing, it just makes sure that
your fingers are in a comfortable position. It’s not tight at all.
It’s a stretchy material Let me see if I can show you here.
It’s a stretchy material. But it does feel like that warm handshake that just keeps your hands more protected and it doesn’t let you actually get in
uncomfortable positions with your fingers. So while I’m typing for longer hours
to complete bigger projects, this is actually really, really comfortable. So that’s it about ergonomics here in my office. And I wanted to hear from you. Leave some comments down here and let me know what changed
your configuration in your office and what helped you and
what problems you were having. So this way we can actually
learn from one another. All right? See you next time!