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What are RSI and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Repetitive Strain Injury or RSI is an umbrella term referring to all musculoskeletal injuries which result from overuse of the hand and wrist. One of these injuries is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, which is caused by injury to a nerve in the wrist.

Symptoms of RSI

RSI is characterised by pain and stiffness in the joints of the hands and fingers. In more serious cases this can lead to a chain reaction which causes tension and referred pain up the arm and into the neck. You may also find your fingers very stiff, particularly when you wake up.

Causes of Repetitive Strain Injuries

Overuse

At the root of most repetitive strain injuries is overuse of the affected hand, normally through typing and computer and mouse usage, or through similar actions such as computer gaming. Some rest or adaptation (e.g. switching your mouse hand) is normally necessary to aid recovery.

Poor Workstation Setup

Overuse factors are exacerbated by a workstation setup which does not support a healthy working posture. For example, typing and mouse use often encourage an overextension of the wrist, and support mats or a 'handshake mouse' may be necessary to keep the wrist at a natural and healthy angle whilst working.

Treatments for RSI

Physical Therapy

Where muscles and joints have become tight and painful as a result of repetitive strain injuries, physical therapy and acupuncture works to release the muscles, allowing recovery and return to a normal and pain-free range of motion.

Occupational Health Factors

To treat RSI it's crucial to get to the root of the problem and look at what caused your RSI to begin with. This often means developing an understanding of ergonomics and posture to create a healthier work environment.

Lifestyle Factors

Many people with RSI also report benefits from exercise, which increases blood flow to the affected areas, and self massage with a lacrosse ball or the various powered massagers on the market.

RSI recovery normally involves work environment changes as well as treatment

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