Hi, my name is David and I use a
computer a lot in the course of my work, IT, media production and website design (including this one!)
I'm not medically trained but I
decided to assemble the essence of RSI into one place to help
other RSI sufferers. I've also invented a device which
might be a great help to alleviate the pain of RSI under some
conditions (not all!). This will be outlined later.
A few years ago I developed
extreme pain in my upper arm, shoulder and back while working on
I'd been sitting in the same position, at the
same desk, using the same computer keyboard and mouse, for at
least 2 years, without any problems at all.
So I was surprised to
experience this pain as I didn't seem to be doing anything
different, so why had it suddenly started?
The pain was so intense I
couldn't use my computer which was very worrying because I'm
self employed and if I don't work, I don't earn any money.
I researched all around the
Internet and could find no information to lead me to any
conclusions as to why this problem suddenly started, apart from
a lot of other people with the same condition. Also I could not
find any real cure or solution to the problem.
This went on for some time. I
had to do small amounts of work, and take a lot of rest periods.
I went to see my GP and a Physiotherapist, but neither could
suggest any solutions apart some partial remedies which might or
might not work with some types of RSI.
Being a bit of an inventor,
knowing a bit about the human anatomy, and being an amateur designer
and engineer, I decided to test out a theory regarding the cause
and possible solution to my problem.
Over a couple of months I tried
out my theory, and built a device which after quite a few trial
and error problems, had the desired effect.
If I used the device
the pain went away, and if I didn't use it, the pain came back
.... simple as that, black and white, pain on .. pain off. I
must emphasise that this device is principally intended for
computer users, and won't help with all types of RSI - see:
I continued to use it for
several months, still gradually perfecting the way it worked.
Eventually the pain went away almost completely. I still get
minor attacks of the pain if I spend too much time on my
computer but now know how to deal with it, and it is no longer a
To cut a long story short, and it's
taken about 5 years! I now have the UK patent on the device and
am going through the process of trying to raise sufficient money to get
the device properly designed and manufactured. The prototype
system I developed was unsuitable for general manufacturing (too
Heath Robinson!) and I'm employing a professional CAD engineer
and designer to move my design forward to one which can be
appreciated by the general public.
This device should be hopefully in production
during 2016, assuming I can raise the money.