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Post by Jocelyneliza on 2011-01-23, 02:39

This all came to mind because of a recent trip to the doctor and the fact that I have spent quite a few hours completing the quilling for the invitations and placecards for my nephew’s wedding.

We all love our quilling and sometimes become so absorbed we do not notice the passing of time. Maybe some of us only think of ergonomics in relation to the work environment, especially work on computers. Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) is caused by performing the same action or movement many times in succession putting your tendons, muscles and limbs under pressure. So you can see that quilling really qualifies as a probable cause for RSI.

So I guess I just wanted to say to be aware of tension in your body while doing your quilling. Take a break regularly and look for and do stretching exercises. Of course I am not a doctor so seek medical advice if you believe you have a problem. A few minutes of exercises once an hour is better than NEVER QUILLING AGAIN!

A bit of trivia - there are many terms for RSI worldwide and in The Netherlands it is also called Muisarm (Mouse Arm).

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Post by Quill Me on 2011-01-23, 02:50

Jocelyn,
Thanks for your information on this.
I myself have not been doing any quilling this month, so I am not eligible for RSI LOL
It is important we do not not sit and quill all day much as we enjoy it but as you said get up and have a change of activity
How are you going with the wedding things?

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Post by Jocelyneliza on 2011-01-23, 03:16

Bronwyn, during my working life as a secretary and various other jobs on a keyboard I became aware of the dangers of RSI and always try to "listen to my hands". I try to move often do stretching exercises for my fingers and arms.

As to the wedding, the RSVP date is Monday so I am ready to complete the placecards. The placecards are heartshape (for females) and oval (for males). They will be attached by red ribbon to a pair of white chopsticks which have the doube happiness symbol stamped in gold. The wedding is first week in February so the production line (of one) will be back in action. Cake boxes are complete so this is the last.

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Post by Quill Me on 2011-01-23, 04:14

Sounds like you have the majority of it done.
Looking forward to photos in Feb.

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Re: Quilling and RSI

Post by Karon on 2011-01-25, 23:23

Thanks for the info Jocelyn,
That is something I would not have thought of. I have a little arthritis in my wrists so quilling has been excellent for this (use it or loose it) I have had sore back and neck before from bad posture and looking down but now I have an ergonomic lap tray that props everything up a little higher and I am conscious not to slouch or lean. I like the fact this one has a curve in the front of it so I can tuck it in a little closer and support my arms. Hubby found it in Target for $19 which I thought was a great investment however in the USA they have one similar (also in Target) that has an adjustable light tray which I think would be great for your eyes.
Thanks again Jocelyn, vital information I would not have thought about. I will be sure to make sure I have regular
breaks.Here is the wiki link for those who don't know much about it that way you can get some hand tips.
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