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Recommended Reading

Recommended RSI Reading List

Updated September 2012

Many good books address issues related to repetitive strain injuries including ergonomics. This brief list is far from complete. Many are available from local libraries. Some are out-of-print but you may be able to locate them through a search service.

Linked titles connect directly to a webpage to see reviews or purchase.

It's Not Carpal Tunnel Syndrome! RSI Theory and Therapy for Computer Professionals, Suparna Damany MSPT and Jack Bellis, 2000 Simax, ISBN 0-9655109-9-9.
Incorporates many conclusions about RSI: that it's treatable, though very, very, very slow to heal; that actual hands-on bodywork is necessary; that at least a couple of treatment protocols at one time are the best way to go; that posture is pivotal to these injuries; that surgery is often counter-indicated, etc. Also that ultimately, you must manage your RSI recovery yourself. A "must read"--particularly for newbies. The authors have a website.

Repetitive Strain Injury: A Computer User's Guide, Emil Pascarelli MD and Deborah Quilter, 1994 John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 0-471-59533-0.
A good overview that acknowledges the seriousness of this condition for many.

Deborah Quilter also wrote The Repetitive Strain Injury Recovery Book, 1998 Walker and Company, ISBN 0-8027-7514-4.
Contains much solid information, a glossary, and a list of RSI resources. Chapter headings include "The Emotional Aspects of RSI", "Protecting Your Hands During Daily Activities", "RSI and Your Sex Life", "Beyond Ergonomics: Solving Common Work-Related Problems", "Proper Techniques at Work", and "Creating Your New Career".

The Repetitive Strain Injury Sourcebook, Sandra Peddie, Craig Rosenberg MD (contributor), 1998 Lowell House, ISBN 0-7373-0022-1, 384 pages.

Conquering Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and other Repetitive Strain Injuries: A Self-Care Program, Sharon J. Butler, 1996 New Harbinger Publications, ISBN 1-57224-039-1.
This book is extremely helpful for many.

End Your Carpal Tunnel Pain Without Surgery, Kate Montgomery, 1998 Rutledge Hill Press, ISBN 1-55853-591-8.
Includes self-help chapters on muscle therapy and on pain relief through acupressure.

Repetitive Strain Injuries: The Complete Guide to Alternative Treatments and Prevention, Dr. Timothy J. Jameson DC, 1998 Keats Publishing, ISBN 0-87983-802-7.
The book explains in detail 15 different forms of RSIs, offers nutritional and first aid support, explains 15 different alternative healing disciplines and their benefit for RSIs and provides three chapters on rehabilitation techniques. There are 25 illustrations and 55 photos. This is an excellent book for the RSI sufferer or for the doctor who treats RSI conditions.

Repetitive Strain Injury: Personal Story & Treatment Options, Clemens Conrad, 2015 CreateSpace Independent Publishing, ISBN 1517137047.
This self-published book is a thorough accounting of methods and techniques that helped this survivor of RSI to heal and return to work. He describes exercises and various current philosophies that inform clinical practice. Be aware that not all approaches work for everyone. That said there is much of value in this small tome, and it is great that it is offered for free online.

Stretching at Your Computer or Desk, Bob Anderson, 1997 Shelter Publications, ISBN 0-679-77084-4.
Anderson's techniques will go a long way toward preventing repetitive strain injury. Give this book to an (as yet) uninjured friend who spends a lot of time on the computer.

Jobs Body: A Handbook for Bodywork, Deane Juhan, 1998 Barrytown Ltd, ISBN 1-58177-099-5.
This book addresses human anatomy more from a functional standpoint than a structural standpoint; that is, it does not simply present diagrams of how the foot bone is connected to the ankle bone, etc. It provides a detailed overview of the highly dynamic and interconnected processes involved in the human body and explains how bodywork can play a positive role in health and healing. It also contains a lot of information you might want to be armed with before going to a doctor. Not a "light read" but accessible to the layperson nonetheless.

Bodywork: What Type of Massage to Get--And How to Make the Most of It, Thomas Claire, 2006 Quill, ISBN 1-59120-165-9.
Discusses the various bodywork disciplines, i.e. Rolfing, Hellerwork, Feldenkrais, etc.

The Relaxation Response, Herbert Benson MD, Miriam Z. Klipper (Contributor), 2000 Avon, ISBN 0-380-81595-8.
Long before there were books by Weil and Kabat-Zinn, there was this pioneering book, originally published in 1975 and every bit as helpful now as it was then. "This revitalizing, therapeutic approach, discovered by Dr. Benson and his colleagues in the laboratories of Harvard Medical School and its teaching hospitals, is now routinely recommended to treat patients suffering from heart conditions, high blood pressure, chronic pain, insomnia, and many other physical ailments."

Spontaneous Healing: How to Discover and Enhance Your Body's Natural Ability to Maintain and Heal Itself, Andrew Weil MD, 1996 Ballantine, ISBN 0-449-91064-4.
The title says it all. This isn't a book specifically about RSI but you will need to be an active participant in your recovery from RSI and this book can help show you how to do so.

Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness, Jon Kabat-Zinn, 1990 Delta, ISBN 0-385-30312-2.
Again, this isn't a book about RSI but many people have found it helpful in learning how to deal with chronic pain.

California Worker's Comp: How To Take Charge When You're Injured On The Job, Christopher A. Ball, 9th edition 2012 Nolo Press, ISBN 1-4133-1711-1.
If you have questions about your California workers' comp case, this is the book you want.

Nolo's Guide to Social Security Disability: Getting & Keeping Your Benefits, David A. Morton III, 6th edition 2012 Nolo, ISBN 1-4133-1689-1.
Excellent, highly recommended.

Social Security Disability Benefits: How to Get Them! How to Keep Them!, James W. Ross, 1984 Ross Publishing, ISBN 0-9615202-5-6.
Highly recommended by many. It's out-of-print but October 2013 the author wrote to us that he has hardcover copies available; send check or money order payable to "James W. Ross", 2161 Saranac Ct., Charlottesville, VA 22911-3566. The cost is $24.95 + $5 (for USPS priority mail shipping and handling). Discount available for East Bay RSI Support Group members; for details contact us via

Disability Workbook for Social Security Applicants, Doug Smith, 8th edition 2012 Physicians' Disability Services, ISBN 1-878140-13-2.
The 8th edition is available for $19.95 plus $7.95 shipping here per Doug Smith's website (where you will find his blog). At one time he published an excellent quarterly newsletter (ISSN 1088-1190, $19.95/year for four issues) on Social Security Disability issues (such as physician's reports, preparing for reevaluation [done every three years, last we heard], utilizing available back-to-work programs, etc), but September 2012 he emailed us that he has suspended the print newsletter, and is considering converting to digital.

Children and Safe Computing: Keeping Your Child RSI-Free, Maureen Clancy, 1999 Upright Press, ISBN 0966907809.
This 24-page booklet is the only one we've heard of devoted exclusively to this subject.

Pain Prevention Exercises for Knitters, Frederikka T. Payne, 1996 Ogier Trading.
Taking breaks while knitting and doing gentle exercises, like those in this book, can reduce the risk of injury when doing needlework. This one is rare; September 2012 we found a few available copies with this search.

Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction, The Trigger Point Manual, Volume 1: The Upper Extremities, Janet G. Travell MD and David G. Simons MD, 1983 Williams and Wilkins, ISBN 0-683-08366-X.
Very technical but an important work.

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Richard J. Sanders MD and Craig E. Haug, 1991 J. B. Lippincott, ISBN 0-397-51097-7.
Recommended by a group member, "describes the cause, diagnosis, and treatment of TOS".

Vascular Disorders of the Upper Extremity, Herbert I. Machelder MD, 3rd edition 1998 Wiley-Blackwell, ISBN 0-87993-409-3.
May interest those suffering from Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. One of the contributors is Dr. Emil Pascarelli.

The Computer User's Survival Guide: Staying Healthy in a High Tech World, Joan Stigliani, 1995 O'Reilly Media, ISBN 1-56592-030-9.

Low-stress computing: Using awareness to avoid RSI, a feldenkrais Perspective, Ralph Strauch Ph.D., 1997 Somatic Options. Also available on the author's website.

Electronic Sweatshop: How Computers Are Transforming the Office of the Future into the Factory of the Past, Barbara Garson, 1989 Penguin Books, ISBN 0-671-53049-6.

All the Livelong Day: The Meaning and Demeaning of Routine Work, Barbara Garson, 1994 revised and updated edition Penguin Books, ISBN 0-14-023491-8.

We thank the now-defunct Los Angeles RSI Support Group for this archived copy of their reading list, which we built this webpage upon.

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