Repetitive stress injuries (RSIs), also referred to as repetitive motion
injuries, are injuries to the bones, nerves, tendons, or muscles that
develop as a result of overuse. From carpal tunnel syndrome to tennis
elbow, these injuries can be extremely painful and can prevent individuals
from being able to work, resulting in countless hours of lost productivity.
Fortunately, many repetitive stress injuries can be prevented by adhering
to certain key tips.
Take regular breaks: By far the easiest and most effective way to prevent repetitive motion
injuries is to make sure to take frequent breaks. The more time you take
to rest from performing a repetitive motion, the more time your body will
have to repair itself.
Type in a neutral position: If your occupation requires you to type, keep your wrists elevated and
off the surface of your desk or keyboard. The tips of your fingers should
be the only part of your hand touching the keyboard. Sitting up straight
will make it easier to maintain a neutral typing position.
Stretch frequently: Pay attention to the muscles you habitually work and be sure to take
the time to stretch every now and then. Roll your arms, shoulders, wrists,
and neck periodically. Stretches which involve unrolling a clenched fist
can be particularly helpful to protect against carpal tunnel.
Diet and exercise: In addition to being mindful of the motions you make, taking care of
your body by eating right and engaging in regular exercise can reduce
your susceptibility to injury increase your body’s ability to heal
itself against repetitive stress.
Use the proper equipment: Work equipment that is not the correct size can force your body into
unnatural and dangerous positions, skyrocketing your chances of injury.
Using properly fitting and ergonomic equipment can minimize this stress
and allow you to accomplish your work in a position that is comfortable.
Suffering from an RSI? Call ProFysio Physical Therapy
If you or a loved one are suffering from a repetitive stress injury, you
may be able to achieve relief from your discomfort and avoid surgery by
adhering to a custom-tailored
physical therapy regimen with the assistance of our knowledgeable
Aberdeen physical therapists. Having helped countless patients throughout New Jersey, our skilled doctors
can help minimize your pain and restore your quality of life.
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