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Our bodies can only handle so much repetition before injury results. Here's how to prevent RSIs
Stretch regularly to prevent repetitive strain injuries
Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is an umbrella term used to describe injuries caused by excessive wear and tear on the soft tissues of the body (tendons, nerves, circulatory system, etc.) due to constant repetition of the same motion. Tendonitis (e.g., in the elbow) and carpal tunnel syndrome (in the wrist) are examples of RSIs.
Typical symptoms of RSI can include tightness, swelling, soreness, dull ache, throbbing pain, sharp pain, numbness, tingling, burning and loss of strength in the affected area. These can also be signs of general fatigue, so see your doctor if you’ve had any of these symptoms for a prolonged period.
RSI results from excessive and repetitive demands on the body. This includes repeating a single movement or motion pattern, forcing a joint to its extreme end of movement, excessive muscular exertion or force, pressing the body against a hard object, vibration from vehicles or tools, and even working in cold temperatures.
Our bodies are designed to withstand all these demands and activities. However, when done in combination and for extended periods, the injury risk increases – at work or at play.
Originally published in Wellness Matters, Canada Wide Media’s quarterly newsletter on health and wellness.