RSI:
How can an Osteopath help you?
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RSI Treatment

RSI-related problems may be complex and can take some time to resolve. We use massage and stretching techniques to reduce tension in tight local muscles and ligaments, and gradually improve the pain-free movement in the affected articulation – e.g. the elbow. We may also realign the joints and massage the muscles in surrounding areas - neck, shoulder, upper back, forearm and wrist - if we judge they contribute to your pain and other symptoms. We may also use dry needling (modern acupuncture) to relax muscles, stimulate blood circulation and accelerate tissue repair. We provide specific tailored exercises to strengthen and/or loosen the injured tissues, give advice on posture and lifestyle, and where relevant may offer input on appropriate brace support or sports strapping.

We sometimes require X-rays, scans and other tests to make a diagnosis and on rarer occasions may refer you to a GP or a specialist for additional investigation or treatment.

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RSI Symptoms

As suggested by the name, repetitive strain injury (RSI) usually results from a dominant and repetitive activity such as working at a computer, driving, using the same work tools or power tools continuously, repeating the same movement continuously – for instance in racket sports. Typically, symptoms include:

  • Stiffness, tingling, numbness or cramp in the neck, mid back, shoulder, arm, elbow, wrist or hand
  • Acute pain in the hand, wrist, arm, elbow, shoulder, mid-back or neck
  • Frequent headaches
  • Symptoms manifesting at work, or whenever grabbing or carrying even light objects
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We have selected the exercises we most frequently advise our patients to do and turned them into short video clips.

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Top Tips to Manage/Prevent RSI

  • 1.Avoid staying in the same position for too long
  • 2.Check your posture, especially when sitting at a desk or in front of a screen
  • 3.Do not sit at your desk for longer than two hours – get up, move and stretch
  • 4.Ensure you use an ergonomic, “semi-pronated” mouse
  • 5.If you are a heavy computer user, alternate using the mouse with the left and right hand
  • 6.If you continuously use a tool – hammer or screw-driver – challenge yourself to use it with both hands
  • 7.Have a daily routine of gentle exercises to keep the area concerned relaxed
  • 8.Use a stress ball to stimulate forearm muscle action and blood circulation
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