Repetitive Strain Injuries are common conditions. Here are just six that can be effectively treated by Osteopaths:
- Poor Posture: One of the most common causes of repetitive strain injury is poor posture. People who spend prolonged hours in front of a computer or performing repetitive tasks often adopt awkward body positions that put excessive strain on their muscles and tendons.
- Repetitive Movements: As the name suggests, repetitive strain injury is caused by repeating the same movements over and over again. This constant repetition can lead to strain and fatigue in the muscles, tendons, and nerves of the affected area.
- Awkward Positions: Similar to poor posture, awkward positions can also contribute to repetitive strain injury. For instance, using a keyboard or mouse that is positioned too high or low can result in strained wrists and fingers.
- Lack of Rest: Taking frequent breaks and giving your body time to rest is crucial in preventing repetitive strain injury. Without proper rest, the muscles and tendons do not have enough time to recover from the strain caused by continuous movements.
- Incorrect Equipment Setup: Improperly set up equipment can also cause repetitive strain injury. This could include an uncomfortable chair, a poorly positioned computer monitor, or a mouse with no wrist support.
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Repetitive strain injury can also manifest as carpal tunnel syndrome, a condition where the median nerve in the wrist becomes compressed due to repetitive hand and finger movements.