Tips for relieving pain from Repetitive Strain Injuries

Repetitive strain injury is an injury to a specific muscle or group of muscles caused by a repeated action. This action becomes so repetitive that the muscles cannot heal and over time irreparable damage is done. RSIs can be caused by repetitive tasks, sustained unnatural positions and forceful motions. Repetitive strain injury is often associated with particular professions or vocations.

Often individuals with repetitive strain injury will feel tenderness, pain, throbbing, weakness or numbness. Many of these are related to the wrist, hands, arms and back. RSI can also involve tendons and nerves as well as muscles. If you notice any tingling or discomfort, no matter how small, it could be early signs of RSI.

With repeated stress, tiny tears occur in the muscles. The area becomes inflamed and the body tries to heal the damaged areas. If nothing is done to reduce the damage, scar tissue begins to build up causing pain and reduced functionality. Nerves in the area can become compressed and inflamed which can cause severe pain. Taking breaks throughout an activity or doing relaxing exercises can help prevent RSI.

Massage Therapy for Repetitive Strain Injury

Massage therapy is one of the most effective tools in alleviating repetitive strain injury symptoms. Therapeutic massage by a Registered Massage Therapist can realign, loosen and heal damaged muscles and nerves. Massage therapy also removes toxins from the area reducing inflammation.

It is important to start massage therapy sessions as early as possible. Regular sessions serve as a deterrent for new damage and alleviate worsening symptoms. They also help to relax the muscle and start the healing process.

Massage Therapy at The Health Network

At the Health Network in London Ontario, our Registered Massage Therapists can work with you to create a detailed treatment plan to reduce stress and damage, and start the healing process. We offer a wide range of services from massage therapy to chiropractic services that can aid in your search for comfort and pain relief.

It is important to listen to your body and not ignore the signals your brain is sending you. Once RSI has reached a chronic stage it is hard to cure. If you call us at the first signs of discomfort, we can manage and improve your symptoms with registered massage therapy and our full array of available wellness treatments.