Well, I just finished a quick video interview for NBC as part of a story they are doing on spa services such as the BlackBerry Hand Massage. They are trying to ascertain whether or not this is a trend. Since we had the BlackBerry Hand Massage as part of our “Hot and Getting Hotter List,” it was easy for me to confirm that we do see this as a trend.
Preparing for the interview gave me a chance to read up on RSI (repetitive stress injuries) and to take a look at what spas are doing to address some of these technology-related maladies. I found names such as “tech neck,” “BlackBerry thumb,” and “iPod finger.” Some of the more progressive spas out there are indeed offering treatments to help clients suffering from these problems.
It’s fascinating how widespread (and expensive!) these injuries have gotten. Here is a quote I found astonishing: “Repetitive musculoskeletal injuries like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome have become the nation’s leading workplace health cost. RSI represents 62% of all North American WC claims and result in nearly $15-20 billion in lost work time and Workers Compensation claims each year.” That’s from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).