Do this to actually help get relief from your office RSI.
RSI what is it? RSI used to be called OOS- Occupational Overuse Syndrome, you may have heard that before in the office. Nowadays the term Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) is more commonly used- it is a condition which presents pain or tenderness (usually down one arm) in muscles, tendons or nerves as a result of doing the same movement for a prolonged time. It is a chronic injury and affects particularly the one arm you use more, for computer work: writing, mouse, typing etc.
If you have RSI you may also experience stiffness, tingling sensation, numbness, decreased coordination and muscle weakness.
As the name indicates, Repetitive Strain Injury is directly caused by straining or overloading soft tissue structures by doing the same, repetitive activity for long hours. People who experience Repetitive Strain Injury are computer workers, dentists, hairdressers, builders, musicians and tennis or golf players.
So will Massage help?Deep Tissue Massage is extremely successful in resolving an RSI. It helps to reduce pain and encourages appropriate healing process by:
- Deactivating/eliminating the Trigger Points that will cause the referred pain down the arm
- Decreasing muscle, ligament and tendon tension
- Increasing range of movement by stretching the tissues and unwinding muscle twists
- Breaking down the scar tissue to decrease the risk of reoccurring and enable muscles to regain their strength
Often the muscles most involved in causing pain that runs down the arm are the rotator cuff muscles, the scalenes (in the side of your neck) and all the arm muscles. Getting rid of trigger points in these muscles will greatly improve your condition.
What else can I do?
Avoid repetitive movement (yes, I know, it seems obvious)- that means for office workers: either use YOUR OTHER HAND to operate the computer mouse or get a different mouse altogether. The vertical mouse seems a good choice.
Stretch out regularly at the office- get up from your desk, do some arm swings/stretches, let your arms hang for a moment....
You can try to apply heat to your arm and shoulder muscles (a heated wheat bag for example)
You can try and supplement with magnesium as it will help relax your muscles.
If specific exercise aggravates or causes it- then active resting might be your only option along with massage, heat, nutrition etc. Active rest means doing a totally different exercise/sport which keeps you active, but won't aggravate the problem.
Hopefully that was helpful. Contact us for more info on 0800 466 724 or book your massage now.