What exactly is RSI?

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Repetitive strain injury is not an actual disease but a loose phrase / term used to group together specific conditions. Usually many of these disorders are connected to each other and so a typical sufferer may have one or many of these all at once. If this is the case the treatment can be combined into targeting the affected area in one go such as the arms or upper back.

Warning signs

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.

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.

Therefore all areas of the upper body are considered when evaluating an RSI condition.


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