Repetitive strain injury (RSI)

Acupuncture is a time-tested, safe, natural and drug- free health care system that can provide immediate relief and long lasting benefits. It can help you return to peak performance by restoring the proper and continuous flow of QI and Blood.

Acupuncture is also a complement for persons utilizing physical therapy to recover from an injury. And acupuncture may help improve your performance both mentally and physically. [1]

The circulating Qi supports, strengthens and enlivens you and your entire body, supplying you with the power to perform, good health, and pain-free living. Remember where Qi goes so does Blood. With adequate Qi and Blood the body can heal and recover. [1]

Repetitive strain injury (RSI) (also known as repetitive stress injury, repetitive motion injuries, repetitive motion disorder (RMD), cumulative trauma disorder (CT), occupational overuse syndrome, overuse syndrome, regional musculoskeletal disorder) is an injury of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems that may be caused by repetitive tasks, forceful exertions, vibrations, mechanical compression (pressing against hard surfaces), or sustained or awkward positions.

Numerous human body disorders are now classed as occupational overuse syndrome. They include carpal tunnel syndrome, common calluses, housemaid’s knee or peripatellar (around the knee) bursitis, tennis elbow, golfers elbow, and repetitive strain injury (RSI) etcetera.

Many of these disorders are interrelated, so a typical sufferer may have many of these at once. In this case it is often best to treat RSI as a single general disorder, targeting all major areas of the arms and upper back in the course of treatment. The most well known repetitive strain injury is carpal tunnel syndrome, which is common among assembly line workers but relatively rare among computer users: computer-related arm pain is generally caused by another specific condition. [2]

Warning signs of RSI conditions have many varied symptoms. The following may indicate the onset of an RSI.

  • Recurring pain or soreness in neck, shoulders, upper back, wrists or hands.
  • Tingling, numbness, coldness or loss of sensation.
  • Loss of grip strength, lack of endurance, weakness, fatigue.
  • Muscles in the arms and shoulders feel hard and wiry when palpated.
  • Pain or numbness while lying in bed.

Often early stage RSI sufferers mistakenly think they are lying on their arms in an awkward position cutting off circulation. Symptoms may be caused by apparently unrelated areas for example hand numbness may be caused by a nerve being pinched near the shoulder or knee pain felt at the base of the knee cap may be coming from the lower anterior part of the lower thigh.

In the initial stages of RSI, an area may be in quite bad condition but not feel painful unless it is massaged, or feel weak unless a long endurance exercise is performed.

Reference and Further Reading:

[1] Jeffery Grossman Acupuncture Media Works, LLC brochure on Acupuncture & Sports ©2004

[2] National Institutes of Health Sprains and Strains

[3] NINDS Repetitive Motion Disorders Information Page

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