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SELF-HELP for repetitive strain injury.

Byline: DR MIRIAM STOPPARD

Any person whose work or hobby involves repeated physical movements, particularly of the hands and arms, is at risk of causing damage to tendons, nerves, muscles and other soft body tissues.

Retraining the brain with fine muscle exercises and memorybased movements can bring relief:

Exercise your fingers by pretending to play the piano.

Ask someone to draw letters and numbers on your fingers and, with your eyes closed, try to guess what they are writing.

Match a shape to an opening with your eyes closed.

Put together puzzles that have a raised surface with your eyes closed.

Play cards using a Braille deck.

Play a game of dominoes with your eyes closed.

Get someone to rub different objects on your hand and try to identify them.

Carry pairs of different-shaped objects in your pocket and try to match them up.

Make a grab bag of different shaped items and try to identify them inside it.

Play games requiring orientation, such as pinning the tail on the

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 27, 2015
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