Repetitive Activities Cause Harm
Interview with Mrs. Jessica Baumgartner
Interviewed by Raena Morgan
August 11, 2008
Raena Morgan: What is repetitive stress syndrome?
Mrs. Jessica Baumgartner: Repetitive stress syndrome is also known as cumulative trauma disorder. And what this means is chronic musculoskeletal injury. And it’s caused by using repetitive activities throughout your day and this can be at work, at home, hobbies, through sleep, different positions—
RM: Through sleep?
JB: Yep. Different positions and different postures that we assume will tend to cause a repetitive stress. So, most people think cumulative trauma or repetitive stress as being only work related. But it’s what we do throughout our whole lifestyle, even at home and at work.
RM: How can it be effecting your sleep or how does it happen in your sleep?
JB: If you sleep in kind of a flexed posture with your hands, it can cause some carpal tunnel syndrome, so you can get—
RM: Like this?
JB: Some tingling and numbness—yep, just from the way you naturally hold your wrists when you sleep. Yep. From different positions and postures during sleep.
RM: Who would have thought, you know? How about a musician? Do they experience the same sort of stress—repetitive stress—that a typist would?
JB: Yes. And anybody can get the repetitive stress syndrome. Any work can cause that because it’s repetitive and it’s not necessarily just one type of person getting it, like a hairstylist or a typist, but it’s any work that’s repetitively performed over and over, using the incorrect posture positioning.
RM: So like a checker at the supermarket. They could get it.
JB: Right. If they’re performing—
RM: If they’re leaning over too much.
JB: If they’re not suing the correct posture positioning and they’re not keeping things close to them; they’re reaching out too far or they’re doing too much of one activity over and over and it puts stress on the tendons and the muscles—
RM: It really covers a wide range. I mean, somebody who’s a seamstress could get it, right?
JB: Yes. If you’re using those incorrect postures or positioning. Again, keeping things close to you, close to your body is better.
RM: It is.
JB: Using less force, less repetition will help you. But also, it’s changing position. And getting your body, you know, your hands in a different position so that it’s better for your body.
RM: Well, thank you for that information.
RM: You’re welcome.