A repetitive stress injury (RSI) is a kind of damage people get when too
much stress or strain is placed on a part of the body for too long, resulting
in inflammation, muscle strain, or tissue damage. The stress usually comes
from repeating the same movements over and over again. For people like
chefs, cooks, and other kitchen workers, RSIs are relatively common after
slicing, dicing, tossing, and cutting the same meals repeatedly over the
course of a workday.
The easiest way to prevent an RSI is to be aware of how they happen and
how various motions affect your body. Early detection of musculoskeletal
injuries has a positive impact on reducing the number of such injuries.
Also, having an awareness that you’re repeating a motion over and
over, and taking a break from it once in a while, can go a long way to
keeping your muscles and tendons happy.
For example, repetitive motion for upper arms, forearms, elbows, and wrists
is considered doing more than 10 reps per minute. For shoulders, doing
more than 2.5 reps per minutes is considered repetitive motion. In order
to prevent injury, minimize any repetitive motion wherever possible. Likewise,
integrate mechanical or automated devices into your cooking, such as electric
mixers and food processors.
If you have other workers who do similar jobs, alternate working positions
to avoid overusing any single muscle or muscle group. If you’re
right handed, try stirring with your left hand for a while. If you need
to work for extended periods, stretch and take small breaks often.
For more information about how to avoid RSIs, or to get therapy for an
injury you already sustained in the kitchen, call us today. Our skilled
Aberdeen physical therapists are happy to help patients with their health
and well-being. We offer
massage therapy and
physical therapy to patients who require the manipulation of muscles and soft tissues to
ease their pain. Schedule a consultation with us today.
Contact us at (732) 333-6360 or fill out our online form to make an appointment today.