If you’re suffering from niggling and nagging pain that’s worse during the working week and seems to disappear on your days off – stop ignoring it. Chances are you’re experiencing repetitive strain injury or RSI and ignoring it won’t make it go away!
Repetitive strain injury that isn’t addressed can progress to the point where it’s irreversible, even with the very best treatment.
What is repetitive strain injury?
Repetitive strain injury occurs when your muscles, nerves, tendons and other soft tissue areas become damaged from repeated physical movements. It’s a sign that your body is not healing from the strain of these activities that occur during work, education and recreation. Any repeated movement can result in repetitive strain injury in any part of your body, but by far the biggest contributor is the excessive and incorrect use of keyboards, your computer mouse, smart phones and tablets. This can impact your body from the hands and wrists, right through to headache-inducing neck strain.
Symptoms of repetitive strain injury
Some of the classic symptoms of repetitive strain injury include pain in your shoulders, neck and upper back when you’re using a computer and tightness, soreness, numbness, pain, tingling and burning in your wrists, fingers, hands, forearms or elbows. In more advanced stages it can cause pain severe enough to wake you from sleep at night time.
During the early stages of repetitive strain injury symptoms tend to appear while doing the activities and movements that are responsible for the damage, such as using your computer mouse or keyboard. Most commonly, they disappear when you stop the activity. As the damage progresses, the pain can become constant.
Types of repetitive strain injury
Repetitive strain injury can cause the following conditions:
Cubital tunnel syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Trigger finger or thumb
Thoracic outlet syndrome
If you suspect you may have repetitive strain injury you should speak with your doctor as illnesses such as diabetes can cause similar symptoms to repetitive strain injury and also aggravate the condition.
Massage therapy for repetitive strain injury
Massage therapy can be extremely effective and fast acting to help relieve the pain and the tissue damage of repetitive strain injury. A musculoskeletal therapist or remedial massage therapist can help and you may be able to claim rebates for treatment from your private health insurance.
Massage therapy can help your repetitive strain injury by:
Reducing inflammation and increasing cell metabolism in affected muscles.
Stretching muscles internally with deep tissue massage in a way that can’t be achieved with regular stretching or yoga.
Releasing the tight connective tissue or fascia that can hold tight muscles locked into unhealthy patterns.
Massage therapy for repetitive strain injury varies from person to person depending on the repetitive action that has caused the problem. To find out more about how an individually tailored remedial massage treatment can help your repetitive strain injury, call the experienced and professional team at Mobilise Remedial Massage .