Repetitive strain injury (RSI) can be agony. If you spent most of your time at your computer you’re at risk of getting RSI, and once the pain starts it can be debilitating.
RSI is most often associated with wrist pain. However the symptoms span beyond this, to include: throbbing, tingling/numbness, pain, aching or tenderness, cramping, stiffness and weakness. RSI most commonly impacts the:
- forearms and elbows wrists
The condition occurs due to repetitive actions that are undertaken excessively, particularly in relation to computers and technology. However, there are other causes that can bring about RSI, including: gardening (such as pruning or shearing), texting/typing, decorating, driving, computer work, incorrect sporting technique or using poor/old sporting equipment.
Exploring the benefits of osteopathy for RSI
An osteopath can confirm a diagnosis of RSI – pinpointing the issue that is causing the pain. At this point the aim to treatment is to completely eradicate the cause of pain through postural rebalancing.
The relevance of osteopathic principles in relation to RSI
There are various osteopathic principles that place it in prime position as a treatment for RSI, including:
- Seeing the body as a complete unit.
- Believing that structure and function are dependent upon one another.
- Understanding that the body is capable of both defending and repairing itself.
- Where normal body function is interfered with, further problems may arise.
- The proper movement of body fluids is critical for our health.
- The body, and RSI, can benefit hugely from ensuring nerves are properly playing their role in fluid management.
Essential advice for overcoming RSI
An osteopath can provide advice as to how you can avoid re-occurrence of RSI by making simple lifestyle changes (this advice could include a better working position or updating sporting equipment).
What would an osteopath’s treatment involve?
Treatment for RSI would involve an initial assessment, followed by treatment that will most likely include massage and stretching techniques. It may also be necessary to re-align joints and provide massage for the muscles that surround them.
Osteopathic treatment and recovery from RSI can take some time, but osteopathy is one of the most effective forms of treatment for this condition.
When should you seek an osteopath’s help with your RSI?
The sooner you can make an appointment the sooner we can help with your pain. If you’ve experienced pain from RSI for two or more days, give us a call to see who we can help. Our number is 020 8316 5316 and you’ll be seen within a week.