Prevent Repetitive Strain Injury & Carpal Tunnel Syndrome with Workrave

Workrave is a freeware program that assists in the recovery and prevention of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) like  the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The program frequently alerts you to take micro-pauses, rest breaks and restricts you to your daily limit.

Studies have revealed that taking several short pauses an hour (i.e. micro-pauses) helps in keeping yourself healthy help prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and also help injuries to heal. Workrave supports these micropauses, next to the regular rest break. Furthermore, Workrave can enforce a daily-limit.

Prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Workrave alerts you to take a break in an un-disturbing manner. When it is time for your break, a friendly small popup window appears asking you to take a break. This window automatically moves out of the way if you keep on working.

However, if you ignore these hints too often Workrave acts less friendly and pops up the break window for your own good. The break windows can be configured to completely block your computer for the duration of the break.

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