Everyone, everywhere is vulnerable and susceptible to repetitive strain.
It can affect any part of the moving body. In order to be productive we all have to perform certain tasks over and over, day after day, week after week, year after year.
We tap keyboards, hold phones, swipe, sit hunched forward, chop, drive vehicles, operate machinery, run miles and miles, hit ball after ball. More often than not, what we do for income, to care for our families, for sport/ leisure is repetitive and without preventative self care can become damaging to your body.
When consistent tension is placed on a joint or muscle it will cause micro-trauma and
become inflamed, the tissue will thicken and scar tissue is laid down by the body to protect the area. Scar tissue can limit range of motion, impair muscle strength and function and compress nerves.
Unfortunately, that is when most of us seek care, once the damage has been done. When repetitive strain becomes a injury it can show up as a variety problems including but not limited to; tendinitis, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, lateral epicondylitis/ tennis elbow, medial epicondylitis/ golfer's elbow and plantar fasciitis.
How do you prevent repetitive strain?
Take breaks. Stand up, move your body, change positions, get your blood moving.
Stretch. Gently take the joint or muscle to the first sensation of stretch and hold for 45 seconds. This will alleviate load that was placed on it and help to prevent scar tissue holding the joint or muscle in a contracted position.
Strengthen. Seek out assistance from a physiotherapist or exercise physiologist to develop a specific strength plan to address biomechanics and muscle imbalances.
Remedial Massage Therapy. Remedial massage is very effective at preventing and treating repetitive strain by:
● Increasing circulation and flushing stagnant fluid, reducing inflammation.
● Decreasing muscle, ligament and tendon tension
● Increasing oxygen and nutrients level to promote regeneration of tissues damaged
by the Repetitive Strain Injury.
● Improving range of motion by stretching the muscle and fascial tissues and
performing trigger point treatment.
● Breaking down the scar tissue, decreasing the risk of recurring injury and enabling
muscles to regain their strength.
Book an appointment with Savannah today safe in the knowledge that you are doing something positive for your health and wellbeing.