“Muscle Biofeedback at the Computer, a Manual to Prevent Repetitive Strain Injury by Taking the Guesswork out of Assessment, Monitoring and Training,” by Erik Peper and Katherine H. Gibney, is a guide for the prevention of repetitive strain Injury. This comprehensive text provides clinicians and computer users with step-by-step instructions for implementing proven strategies to avoid conditions related to repetitive strain injury.

This book details the basics of how to use muscle feedback (surface electromyography) and outlines, in detail, a seven session group training program to become an effective coach. It describes guidelines and techniques to apply muscle feedback for awareness, assessment, training and coaching fellow employees.

According to Denise Fox Needleman, associate vice president, human resources, safety and risk management of San Francisco State University, The peer-based models and techniques for ergonomic safety have been the most effective methods we have found to reduce our injuries. For this work, the San Francisco State University Ergonomic Safety Program that received a Governor of California Employee Safety Award.

Peper and Gibney present a systems perspective for maintaining health while working at the computer, debunking many of the conventional myths surrounding employee safety, providing scientific and anecdotal evidence supporting their concepts. The authors address the challenges and concerns for individuals and corporations who contemplate changes in work styles, ergonomics and/or corporate culture. For example, understanding that administrators might miss the value of financially supporting a healthy computing program, they provide references to address cost concerns and provide evidence that implementing a program, such as theirs, reduces worker discomfort and rehabilitation costs.

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