Repetitive Strain Injuries are commonplace. Here are just six of the most common ones that can be treated by Osteopaths:
Repetitive strain injuries are caused by overuse or repetitive movements of the muscles and tendons. Activities that require sustained gripping, such as typing on a keyboard, using a mouse, or playing an instrument can cause RSI. Poor posture while sitting or standing for long periods of time can also contribute to RSI. Repeating the same movement over and over again without rest or change in position can lead to the development of RSI. People who work with tools and machinery may also be at an increased risk for developing RSI. Additionally, certain medical conditions such as diabetes or arthritis can increase an individual’s risk for developing RSI.
Osteopathy can be used to treat the underlying causes of RSI through manual therapies, therapeutic exercises, and lifestyle advice. Osteopaths use manual manipulations such as soft tissue massage, joint mobilisation, and muscle energy techniques to reduce pain and restore flexibility in the affected areas. They may also provide advice on stretching, strengthening exercises, and ergonomic changes to one’s work or home environment. Osteopaths also provide lifestyle advice, such as suggesting ways to reduce stress levels and improve posture while sitting or standing. This can help prevent the development of RSI and manage existing injuries more effectively..
The amount of time it takes to treat RSI depends on the severity and type of injury. Generally, most cases can be resolved within 8-12 visits. Osteopaths will work with each individual patient to develop a personalised treatment plan based on their specific needs, which may include manipulative therapies, therapeutic exercises and lifestyle advice.
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