Repetitive Strain Injury and RSI Treatment

Most people get a Repetitive Strain Injury and need RSI treatment at some time in their lives. This is because over time, the repetitive activities we do each day can build up into a RSI injury. In these modern times, many develop RSI wrist, thumb, finger, hand, forearm and shoulder pain because of increased use of smart phones, tablets, electronic games and other gadgets.

Interestingly, a doctor recently reported a woman having “WhatsAppitis” after spending six hours making “continuous movements with both thumbs to send messages” using the instant messaging service1. The patient woke up with pain in both wrists as a result of using the same movements over such a long period of time.

A RSI injury is not limited to people who use new technologies. 

You may run, cycle, play an instrument, swim or lift weights.

RSI treatment can require the manual removal of scar tissue. Very few treatments are designed to do this.

Preventing RSI injuries can be challenging as you may need or enjoy your daily activities. However, early RSI treatment helps prevent your injury from getting worse and becoming harder and longer to treat. When pain sets in, conventional RSI treatments like physiotherapy or massage may offer limited help because they do not address the root cause of a repetitive strain or overuse injury – scar tissue. This builds up over time due to micro trauma to the injured area and may require manual removal by a trained practitioner.

What are RSI symptoms?

If any of the these RSI symptoms sound familiar, chances are you have a RSI injury.

Your muscles seem to always feel tight, achy, hard and ropey.
Stretching feels uncomfortable, no matter how much you do.
Icing and stretching only seems to offer temporary relief.
Your fingers and/or wrists feel tight when typing, using your mouse or electronic devices.
You try to do the right thing and exercise regularly only to find the on and off pain you’re experiencing occurs more frequently. You know exercise is good for you, so you are reluctant to stop.
Strengthening another area sounds like a good idea but you find this only works for a short time or causes pain in other areas.
You have to get on with your life so you try anti-inflammatory medication but they don’t work as well as you hoped.

How is our RSI treatment different?

Active Release Techniques ® is our RSI treatment of choice. It is a unique, medically patented soft tissue therapy specifically designed to break up scar tissue. It restores flexibility and circulation to shortened tissue. It’s also considered the “gold standard” in soft tissue therapy.

Active Release ® gives providers the tools to address the cause and effects of overuse injuries. It makes sense and it works. An Active Release ® provider is trained to exactly feel where the problem lies. They use their hands to manually break up your scar tissue.

Active Release ® can be done by a variety of health care providers. However, most are chiropractors. Chiropractors have the necessary touch and in-depth knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics (how muscles and bones work together) to accurately diagnose and more importantly, correct the root cause of this injury.

When your joints are misaligned, spinal manipulation can also be a powerful and necessary tool in correcting the problem. By visiting an Active Release ® Chiropractor, you get the dual benefit of scar tissue release and manipulation. The latter is always optional.

Unfortunately many people only seek RSI treatment when their problem stops them. By then, it has become a multi-layered problem that can be difficult to unravel. Shortened muscles increase the force going through the joints and causes damage. Muscles and tendons are designed to tear and heal. However, damage to your joints is often irreversible.

It is extremely important to address problems early. This will decrease your RSI treatment time and minimise the wear and tear on your joints. Ask yourself how are you going to live when your body wears out?

We’ve successfully treated 1000+ happy clients for a variety of repetitive strain injuries for 15+ years with our specialist RSI treatment. Get out of pain today by visiting our chiropractic clinic in Sydney city CBD.

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