Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), also known as Repetitive Stress Disorder, occurs when repetitive motions cause injury to the nerves, tendons and muscles. If you work in an office environment, using a computer, sitting in the same position and lifting heavy objects can all contribute to RSI. The parts of the body most commonly affected by RSI include the neck and shoulders, forearms, elbows, wrists and hands.
RSI usually begins gradually and slowly increases to become more regular and intense, to the point where your everyday activities and lifestyle may be affected. Symptoms vary for each person and can include pain, swelling, tingling and weakness.
RSI is the result of doing the same movement over and over again over time. In the office, using the same muscles over and over to complete tasks such as typing or swiping, sitting in the same posture for long periods of time, and lifting heavy objects are all risk factors for RSI.
If you work at a desk or in another profession where you spend a large amount of time sitting, it is important to make sure you have good posture, with plenty of support for your lower back. If you are seated at a desk, make sure your computer monitor is located an arm’s length away, and that you use a headset when on the phone or during a video conference.
Stretching is also important when attempting to prevent RSI. Try doing regular neck and shoulder stretches whilst seated, wiggling your fingers and flexing your wrists and moving about the office or your place of work. It’s also a good idea to make sure you take short breaks to ensure you are not overworking your nerves, tendons and muscles. Use your smartphone or your computer calendar to remind you to stop, take a break, stretch and move about.
Booking a consultation with your chiropractor Sydney-based is a great place to start when it comes to understanding your repetitive strain injury and seeking relief. Book your appointment with MyChiro today.