What is Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)?
In the UK, 1 in every 50 workers has reported experiencing a repetitive strain injury condition at some point. Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is a condition which causes nerves, tendon and muscle pain, and is often associated with doing a repetitive activity for long periods. The upper body is largely affected by stiffness and swelling mainly felt in the forearms, elbows, wrists, hands, back and shoulders. While RSI is often due to strenuous occupational and leisure activities, it can also be caused as a result of working with computers and typing.
Names associated with RSI
At CT Clinic Manchester, we often treat people suffering from RSI which is categorised as type 1 or type 2 RSI.
Type 1, includes Tendonitis, Tennis Elbow, Rotator Cuff Syndrome and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Type 2, is classed as non-specific or diffuse pain.
What are the symptoms of Repetitive Strain Injury?
At CT Clinic Manchester, our RSI patients always report feeling pain in the upper body with symptoms including:
• Sharp or dull pain
• Tenderness in your muscles and joints
At first, the symptoms may only be felt when undertaking the repetitive task but gradually, over time the symptoms worsen and can be experienced during times of rest. This impacts on your capability to carry out work and leisure.
What causes Repetitive Strain Injury?
• Repetitive activities.
• Performing activities that involve the use of force or lifting heavy objects.
• Carrying out an activity for a long period without taking a break.
• Carrying out activities that cause you to be in an awkward position.
• Poor posture, especially for office/desk based roles.
• Working in a cold environment.
Tips to ease the pain of RSI
1. It is important to rest the affected area regularly, but not for long period as this can make the situation worse by weakening muscles.
2. Gently massaging the affected limb will stimulate circulation and keep the muscle strong.
3. Taking regular and short breaks to move and stretch the muscles.
4. Altering your activities so that you are not doing the same task repetitively.
5. Engaging in exercise such as pilates, yoga or swimming will help ease symptoms.
Seek Professional Help
COPA Treatment in Manchester for Repetitive Strain Injury
At CT Clinic Manchester, we provide osteopathy, physiotherapy, acupuncture and chiropractic treatment to help with repetitive strain injury. Our proven COPA treatment will help you make a full and fast recovery.