Repetitive stress injuries, also known as RSI, are a common workplace problem.
Using acupuncture / acupressure techniques can help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis of the wrist or hand, and other issues caused by repetitive movements such as prolonged keyboarding.
Marked by symptoms of pain, tingling, numbness, swelling or redness of the affected area, and loss of flexibility and strength, repetitive strain injuries may interfere with your ability to perform easy tasks.
Over time, these injuries can also lead to temporary or permanent damage to the soft tissues in the body (i.e., the muscles, nerves, tendons, and ligaments) and cause compression of nerves or tissue.
RSI happens when tendons or muscles become inflamed due to repetitive movements over time. Trapped nerves can also be caused by RSI. When you repeat an activity over and over, this can disrupt the flow of qi and blood.
Imagine drinking something through a straw. If you bend the straw once or twice, it should easily spring back into shape, allowing your drink to be sucked up. But if you bend it in the same place again and again, it becomes harder for the fluid to pass through. Eventually the straw will become weak and break, so nothing will get through at all.
This simple analogy explains what is happening to your qi and blood when you have RSI. Unable to circulate as they should, they accumulate in one area causing pain, stiffness and other RSI symptoms.
Get Relief from Repetitive Stress Injuries with Acupuncture
Acupuncture is a time-tested, safe, natural and drug-free health care system that can provide immediate relief and long lasting benefits. It can help you return to peak performance by restoring the proper and continuous flow of QI and blood.
From a scientific perspective, acupuncture is known to work in a number of different ways:
- Blocks pain signals by affecting the central nervous system
- Triggers the release of endorphins, your body’s natural painkillers
- Relaxes the muscles
- Reduces inflammation
- Improves circulation
In addition to reducing the swelling, inflammation and pain, acupuncture addresses any headaches, neck pain, shoulder stiffness and sleeping problems that often accompany this condition. Your treatment may also take into account any underlying conditions that contribute to the development of RSI including posture, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid problems, diabetes, and hormonal changes of pregnancy and menopause.