Posted by: ensomabodyworks | March 2, 2010

Mac or PC user? Reduce And Eliminate Long-Term Painful Usage With Proper Assessment And Treatment of Repetitive Strain Injuries.

Chances are if you work with a PC all day you may
have pain, weakness, or “nerve” like sensations in your arm, wrist or fingers. Contrary to popular belief, it is not Carpel Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) as most people (and doctors) believe it is. CTS has been grossly over diagnosed when a patient goes to the doctor and reports these symptoms.

Why is this important to you? Because the surgery for CTS fails about 60% of the time and more conservative measures do not address the root causes. CTS (and other repetitive strain injuries) are the end result of the slow deterioration of soft tissue health in the wrist and arm.

CTS is but one of many soft tissue injuries that can affect you from the neck down to the fingers.  More often, computer professionals are susceptible to a type of repetitive strain injury called a Cumulative Trauma Disorder (CTD).

A CTD is the direct result of performing thousands of tiny finger / wrist repetitions day in, day out  while holding of arms and wrists in the same position and the lack of recovery time between work periods.

This results in:

  1. Massive forearm and wrist inflammation, muscle and tendon damage, resulting in weakness and pain.
  2. Trigger points (tiny, hard, irritated knots
    in muscle tissue) “trigger” pain and odd nerve like sensations far from the irritated knot. I.E. A trigger point in the neck, shoulder or forearm can send pain / nerve like sensations into the forearm, wrist, and fingers.

  3. Trigger points can also press on nerves in the neck, shoulder, arm and wrist creating numbness, pins and needles and shock like spikes.

How you can avoid a Cumulative Trauma Disorder.

Click here http://thebindu.wordpress.com/2009/12/16/5-steps-to-better-posture/ to implement the steps in my blog entitled “5 steps to better posture” and perform step 1B below 2-3 times a week.

If you have some of the symptoms above, remember that splinting, injections, anti – inflammatories, stretching and strengthening to your arm and wrist muscles does not accurately treat the soft tissue damage nor give the tissue time to heal.

Here is what you can do for effective healing:

1A. Get the needed soft tissue therapy with a Neuromuscular or Physical therapist who specializes in CTD / RSI .  (Did you know Ensoma Bodyworks does?).

1B. Learn how to effectively massage and treat your own wrist and forearm muscles. Click here:
https://ensomabodyworks.com/self-care-therapeutics/

2. You must reduce your work load for 6 weeks. The diseased tissue must rest in order to heal with therapy.

3. Once the pain and inflammation is down 75-100% you can begin to increase your work load while reducing the soft tissue therapy (professionally – not personally – keep that up).

Call or email Marty today to get more information about RSI’s and a pain free PC career. Marty also gives workshops to teach PC professionals how to stay pain free or get out of pain while staying productive at work.  Free consultations.   mkestin@ensomabodyworks.com 704.335.8115

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