How to avoid gift wrapping repetitive stress injury

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- Apparently going into gift wrapping overdrive during the Christmas season can wreck havoc on your body.

Dr. Alex Vidan gives us tips on how to avoid it.

What to Watch Out For:

Injuries to the wrist and hand:

  •    Bursitis
  •    Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  •    Tendonitis
  •    Writer’s Cramp
  •    Cramping
  •    Blisters

Sitting induced injuries:

  • Leg Cramps
  • Back Pain

Helpful tips to avoid these injuries:

  •    Maintain a healthy posture while wrapping presents
  •    Use an ergonomic setup for wrapping presents
  •    Stretch every 30 minutes
  •    Get up and take a break every hour
  •    Follow these tips to avoid wrist repetitive stress injuries
  •    Work in a well lit environment
  •    Use ergonomic tools for wrapping presents
  •    Use scissors sized for your hand
  •    Use moving equipment, like a hand truck or dolly, to move large packages


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