RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury)
Myofascial release and trigger point therapy are used for problems where overuse or repetitive strain has resulted in painful fascial adhesions in the muscles and joints. Computer operators, musicians, chefs, drivers, dentists are just some of the people who might develop RSI. Restrictions in some of the neck, shoulder and chest muscles are usually the main cause (resulting in impingement of the nerves and blood vessels leading to the arm). This can give aches, pains, stiffness, numbness, pins and needles, tingling, weakness in arms and hands or even a feeling of swollen fingers. It needs a bit of a leap of faith to believe that the problem arises in the upper body when symptoms are mainly felt in the arm and hand! Rest doesn't seem to help, exercise and regular stretching seems to make it worse.
Myofascial release will ease the restrictions in the neck, shoulder, chest and arms, and Joanna will give guidance on posture, workstation set-up and give myofascial stretches (very different to regular stretching) that you can do at home and in the workplace. Elimination of relevant trigger points in these areas together with effective stretching will get you well on the way to getting your life back and being able to work without pain.
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