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Workplace strain affects people in many forms from lower and mid back pain through poor posture while sitting at a desk without breaks; through sitting on a chair that offers poor ergonomic support; through physical activity such as lifting; through repetitive strain caused by your computer mouse... Physical pain can also be caused by stress alone - the endless pressure of meetings, emails, conference calls...
Repetitive strain injury (RSI) can be caused by a variety of tasks at work, such as forceful or repetitive activity, or simply by poor posture. The condition mostly affects parts of the upper body, such as the forearm, elbow, wrist, hands, shoulders and neck. RSI is usually associated with doing a particular activity repeatedly or for a long period of time. It's also known as work-related upper limb disorder, or non-specifc upper limb pain.The condition mostly affects parts of the upper body, such as the forearms and elbows, wrists, hands, neck and shoulders. The symptoms of RSI can range from mild to severe and usually develop gradually. They often include: pain, aching or tenderness, stiffness, throbbing, tingling or numbness, weakness and cramp.
At frst, you might only notice symptoms when you're carrying out a particular repetitive action. But without treatment, the symptoms of RSI may eventually become constant and cause longer periods of pain. You may also get swelling in the affected area, which can last for several months. Osteopathy and Therapeutic Massage can help enormously, freeing up the muscles around affected joints, manipulating and increasing joint movement and flexibility.
Besides physical therapy, we can help you deal with work place pressure by advising you on how to take breaks from your tasks, how to do some simple stretching exercises at work and how to conquer, or at least minimise, stress.