Help on Stretching with RSIGuard Stretch Edition
General information about RSIGuard Stretch Edition
Many ergonomists, physical therapists, and doctors believe that stretching during breaks can be beneficial for preventing repetitive strain injuries (RSI) or reducing RSI symptoms. With "RSIGuard Stretch Edition", you can view video stretch demonstrations during your breaks to guide you through regular stretching throughout your day. You can optionally also listen to spoken descriptions of the stretches, which can be helpful since watching the screen is difficult while doing some of the stretches.
If you have no symptoms of RSI, then stretching may help you. If you have any symptoms of RSI, you should discuss the idea of stretching with your doctor or health professional before you begin stretching. You should absolutely never do any of these stretches if they cause you any pain.
Setting up Stretching
To enable stretches during breaks, check Show Stretches During Breaks.
Next, select the number of stretches to be shown each break (the default is 3). If you want to hear instructions while stretches are being shown, check Speak Stretch Instructions Aloud (requires a sound card).
You can preview any of the stretches by clicking on the name of the stretch.
You can select stretches to show or not to show by checking or unchecking the stretch in the stretch list.
Stretches will be shown during breaks in the order listed. You can change the order by selecting a stretch, and using the "Move Stretch UP/DOWN" buttons to reposition the stretch.
Alternately, you can check Show Stretches in Random Order if you want stretches to always occur in a different order.
Finally, selecting Do start-of-workday warm up stretch will give you stretches to do when you first start using your computer each day.
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