What is “Repetitive Strain Injury” and Why Should I be Concerned?

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Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) is a term used to refer to a range of disorders of the neck, shoulder, arm wrist, hand and back. RSI, also known as musculoskeletal disorders, can affect muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, soft tissue, joints and the nervous system.

RSI can be caused by using excessive force (pushing, pulling or supporting), making repetitive movements, adopting an awkward or static posture and by spending excessive time on an activity, as well as poor work design.

The lack of proper breaks and poor posture increase the static loading on a large number of muscles throughout your body. Over time these muscles tend to become shorter and denser, impeding blood circulation in the arms, neck, shoulders and back.

Poor posture is a constant source of chronic stress and RSI. Such postures disrupt the usual muscular balance of your body. After some time, your body begins to compensate for this imbalance by contracting nearby muscles for additional support, tightening the connective tissues to further support the imbalance, which inhibit the movement of surrounding nerves and blood vessels.

By correcting the ergonomics and poor posture, taking appropriate breaks, performing correct stretches, changing equipment placement and exercise is imperative in preventing and the recovery for RSI.

Treatments of RSI may include Physical Therapy, Chiropractic, Acupuncture and Occupational Therapy.

You can take a proactive approach to reduce the risk of RSI in your work environment. Why not begin today?

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