StretchWare beta4 Description:
The Problem: If you work at a computer, there is a good chance you will eventually suffer from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, along with back pain, stiff muscles, tight joints, tension and stress. Every day millions of Americans feel the aches and pains brought on by long hours sitting at a desk and using a computer. Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI) have risen 80% since 1990, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. And while ergonomics are essential in the workplace, our bodies still suffer from long periods of sitting and inactivity. To address and combat the growing problem of workplace injuries, experts have recommended taking stretching breaks—a simple activity that can make you feel better. However, most people will not make the time to take a stretching break—they need to be reminded to stretch. The Solution: STRETCHWARE is the ergonomic software that reminds you to stretch, developed by stretching expert Bob Anderson, author of the best-selling book Stretching. STRETCHWARE can be tailored to meet each individual's work situation and personal requirements. Users set up the software to remind them to stretch with a sound (such as Tibetan bell, clock, or harp), a flashing icon on the computer screen and/or a window that appears throughout the day. Preferences are also set to determine how often the user wants to be reminded to stretch (for example, every hour, half hour, or 20 minutes; after a set number of keystrokes; or at a certain hour of the day).