Repetitive Stress Injuries

Repetitive Stress Injuries are the result of various factors, including but not limited to static postures, prolonged and repetitive activities, poor posture, improper ergonomics, fast-paced work, insufficient or excessive flexibility, reduced strength as well as endurance and nerve/vascular compression. Simply put, RSI is an imbalance between damage and repair, with a lot more damage accumulating over time. Our forearm muscles are not even built for prolonged work, and our bodies are not meant to be static- yet that’s exactly how we work. Thus, prevention is the ideal approach with RSI. However, if you do get hurt, the important thing to remember is that RSI and the body can heal. Treatment consists of addressing all the involved areas in the correct order and at the correct time; treatment of RSI is both a science and an art, and, when executed correctly, highly successful.

Would on-line sessions help with resolving RSI symptoms?
Results of the pilot program completed over the past few years have been extremely positive. This protocol has been developed after almost two decades of experience treating RSI. During the on-line sessions, you will be given a multi-faceted program developed for your particular set of issues. This program will then progressively build up/ be tweaked as needed with follow-up sessions.

The world of repetitive strain injuries is one of pain and frustration, muddled unfortunately, by a whirlwind of questionable information. Depending on whom you talk to, RSI can be either a form of fraud perpetrated by malingering employees, or a debilitating complex of nerve and muscle disorders. To anyone who has experienced its pain, numbness, and loss of strength, it is quite emphatically the latter. But if you seek out the prevailing literature on the subject, you will come away with your head spinning!

Three factors that are at the heart of many patients’ problems, and generally not known by many health practitioners, mainstream or alternative:

  • Thoracic outlet syndrome (constriction of the blood vessels and nerves in the chest wall) is a much more frequent problem than commonly recognized.
  • Inflammation is present in almost every RSI sufferer.
  • Nerve trigger points, spots where fibrous tissue entraps nerves. These all fit into a larger scheme that can be more properly addressed as a whole.

Prominent myths surrounding RSI.

  • First, carpal tunnel syndrome is just one subset of RSI, and a fairly rare condition, at that. In our estimation, most individuals who are diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome simply have symptoms that overlap with those of true carpal tunnel syndrome. Typically, it’s a “neck-arm” syndrome, that often involves the entire spine.
  • The next misperception is that RSI sufferers are slackers, whereas in our experience, the opposite may be true… many RSI sufferers quite literally work their fingers to the bone.
  • The third issue has to do with prognosis. Contrary to frequent references you may read suggesting that you are condemned to a lifetime of suffering, our experience shows that most RSI cases can improve, although not overnight. If you have a serious RSI problem, it took several years to develop, so it won’t be cured in days.
  • Finally, RSI is not your fault, but you need to be committed to your health to get better from it.