The definition for a repetitive strain injury is as simple as it sounds. Any action that is done repeatedly can create an injury from cumulative stress to muscles, ligaments and joints.
Commonly known RSIs include carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow.
Accumulated injury can, however, affect any part of the body.
The first signs and symptoms typically start slowly and are easy to ignore. They can include:
- tingling, numbness or loss of sensation
Prevention is always easier than treating an injury. Avoiding repetition to the point of injury is the best way to ward off the pain and immobility that can accompany an RSI.
Once an RSI has taken hold in your body, rest and treatment are the perfect combination to get back to full working order. Massage therapists can assess the habitual patterns that have contributed to the cumulative strain and treat the injury in order to reduce symptoms and help you regain full functioning.
Learn about how Focus Massage Therapy helps you to manage repetitive strain injuries.