Repetitive Strain Injuries
Repetitive Strain Injury, or RSI, is a general term for the pain caused by overuse and straining of muscles, tendons, joints, and nerve tissue. There are plenty of things that fall under this category in some way, like thoracic outlet syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis and golfer’s elbow. Repetitive motions strain muscle tissue and cause friction on tendons, leading to inflammation and sensitive, overactive nerve endings.
Repetitive Strain Injuries can be hard to deal with, as many people with such injuries cannot simply take it easy and give the area some rest. Your job may require that you stay in a certain position for long periods of time, or be physically demanding generally. Even with rest, ice, and pain meds, it can take a long time for repetitive strain injuries to heal. Chronic pain, flare-ups, and even re-injuring are common.
Repetitive Strain Injury Treatment
Most treatments for Repetitive Strain Injuries focus on the inflamed tendon. Yet these injuries come from repetitive motion, and it’s muscles that are responsible for that. Many cases of repetitive strains are complicated, or outright caused, by dysfunctions in the muscles. Sometimes muscle problems mimic the kind of pain felt with repetitive stress injuries and lead to misdiagnosis. To really treat a repetitive strain injury, you need to take care of the muscles that caused it in the first place.
Repetitive Strain Injuries respond well to Massage Therapy because massage treats the dysfunctions in those muscles. Massage helps relax tense muscle tissue, aids in circulation to the injury, reduces pressure on tendons, and reduces irritation in the nerves. Massage not only helps with the healing process, it provides lasting pain relief, often for days at a time.