Repetitive strain injury definition, causes and treatment

Repetitive strain injury definition

There is not just one strict repetitive strain injury (RSI) definition as this term is used to describe many musculoskeletalĀ andĀ nervous systems injuries caused by repetitive tasks or awkward positions of your body.

RSI term also is used to describe more than 20 different types of arthritis, for example, tendonitis carpal tunnel syndrome and bursitis.

Repetitive strain injury causes

As already mentioned, repetitive strain injuries mainly are caused by tasks that people repeat again and again day by day without putting much efforts on an adequate rest of those parts of the body that get the most of the load. In the most cases, these issues are work-related, still they might appear also at simple tasks you perform at home.

Few very popular examples which people often even do not think might result in a repetitive strain injury includes driving, working with the computer, even daily chopping vegetables.

Some other very typical examples that people perform every day that might cause RSI includes:

  • Sitting in the same position (for a long time);
  • Sustained use of any part of your body (hands, neck, back, wrists);
  • Watching TV in uncomfortable position for your body (too much to the left or right);
  • Sleeping or sitting in uncomfortable position (for a long time);
  • Reading and at the same time looking down (for a long time);
  • Sleeping with your head forward (for a long time, for example, when traveling).

Probably, you already got an idea what can cause RSI, still to clear that all out for you let us reveal you even more risk factors that you should avoid:

  • Inappropriate or static posture of your body (for example, twisting, bending, reaching above shoulder level or behind the body and bending the wrist forward, backward or side to side).
  • Repetitive tasks (repetitive, regular or consistent movements performed with the same parts of the body, including joints daily).
  • Excessive use of force (in simple words those are all tasks that require excessive force from any part of the body to perform it, for example, weight handling, pinching, typing on the computer for hours).
  • Vibrations only of a part of the body or even of the whole body (for example, caused by power driven hand tool).

Repetitive strain injury treatment and prevention

No doubts that you can do plenty of things to prevent RSI. Those even have not to be written in front of you as you simply know the best exactly in which situations and positions of the body you hurt some part of your body as the result causing RSI.

The simplest method to prevent RSI is by proper body ergonomics no matter where you are at the home or work. You have to avoid all those long-time repetitive movements, uncomfortable body postures and also vibrations of your body as often as possible. If you cannot avoid these activities completely you have to find a way how to give a rest to those parts of the body which have to take this excessive use of force, for example, with exercises and breaks.

Unfortunately, if RSI symptoms already are pretty strong you might have to use medications to help you deal with pains. Alternative RSI treatment methods include Yoga, hydrotherapy, meditation.

There also is developed a completely natural arthritis and joint pain relief supplement Provailen, which can be used to reduce the symptoms of RSI (pain, swelling).