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Repetitive Stress Injuries
April 6, 2014, 3:06 pm

If you have been diagnosed with a repetitive stress injury the good news is that it can often be fixed by removing the stress agent. First you need to isolate and stop doing the tasks that are causing your injury. Failure to deal with your problems now could turn a small problem into a bigger one. Here are a few ways to aid in your recovery.

Stretch:  Stretching is a key factor in keeping the body healthy. It removes tension and increases blood flow. So start stretching and continue to stretch all the muscles in the area of concern. Start at the point of pain and move one joint out, then stretch all the major muscles from that joint to the spine. If you cannot stretch a muscle then massage it. Remember, the pain took time to develop and it will take time to heal, so do not look for quick fixes.

Isolate the cause: Look at anything you do more than twice a day or for more than 30 minutes at a time. If it involves the area of concern take note of it. The stressors will often jump out at you because your pain will tell you to stop it. Be specific.

Change your habits:  If it is something you cannot stop, then reduce the frequency as much as possible and use good ergonomic principles to support the action when you do perform it.

Get in shape: A repetitive stress injury occurs when a part of your body is overworked. Once the pain has reduced, you have to strengthen the muscles to handle the stress you are putting on them.  Exercise the muscles in the area of concern. Start slow and use your pain as a guide.

Seek professional help:  If the pain is not subsiding or you cannot seem to find the stressors causing your problem, then it is time to explore other treatments. Your doctor or anyone else who has professional qualification will likely have a course of treatment that will help you with your discomfort. And most of them will be different, so remember to get a second opinion on your treatment options as well.

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