On Friday 07 July 2006 12:13 am, Hector Noriega wrote:
This might be a common experience (or a well-known fact) among GIMP
users. I just want to say that I just recovered from De Quervain's
disease after an intensive week using GIMP.
And make breaks once in a while. Exercise your wrists and eyes during
breaks. Walk a bit. Practice yoga.
Yes. It might sound silly, bit it is important advice indeed (I have no
experience with yoga though).
I work on computers all day long, and I have never experienced any kind
of computer use related pain, except when playing Quake or Tetris: those
are exactly the occasions on which I don't take a break every now and then.
Breaks don't have to take long. Often I just walk over the window, have
a quick look to see what's happening outside and go back to work.
It's also important to listen to your body: if your hand starts to
tingle, it's a message that there's something going wrong and you
shouldn't ignore that. Take a break, maybe change your position a bit.
Maybe it can help to grab the mouse less firmly. Maybe you can decrease
the mouse's sensitivity to make it easier to do precise work with it.
Maybe use a mouse that requires less force to push the buttons.
In many cases it's also a good idea to use the keyboard instead of the
mouse as often as possible (learn keyboard shortcuts), but for graphical
work that doesn't buy you very much.
If I have been able to see further, it was only because I stood
on the shoulders of giants. -- Isaac Newton
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