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Repetitive strain injuries (RSI) are a range of conditions in which pain felt in muscles, nerves and tendons is caused by repetitive tasks, overuse, forced exertions, repeated vibrations, mechanical compression, or sustained or awkward positions of the musculoskeletal system.

RSI often occurs in those who work on computers or who do repetitive manual work.

It is very common among musicians, particulary guitarists who need to perform the same movements over and over at speed.

Most commonly it affects parts of the upper body, such as the forearm, elbow, wrist, hands, neck and shoulders.

Risk factors include continuing activity for prolonged periods without rest, poor posture, stress and a cold environment

About RSI

The symptoms can vary, but most often occur to the local area where the muscles & tendons have been overexerted.

However in certain cases RSI can cause 'Referred' Pain which is not local to the muscles or tendons.


Typical Symptoms Include:


  • Pain

  • Tenderness

  • Tingling sensations

The symptoms can often only occur when the person is carrying out a particular repetitive action.

But without treatment, the symptoms of RSI may eventually become constant and cause longer periods of pain.

  • Numbness

  • Stiffness of joints

  • Cramp

How can Acupuncture Help?

According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) theory, painful conditions such as RSI happen when the circulation of qi or blood is blocked.

Qi and blood are two vital substances, which together warm, nourish and protect your entire body.

Good health depends on qi and blood being allowed to flow freely, in order to reach every organ, tissue and cell.

When you repeat an activity over and over, this can disrupt the flow of qi and blood.

Acupuncture works by moving the qi and blood in the surrounding area, by increasing the blood flow, it can help reduce inflammation and pain.  Acupuncture is generally used more than herbal medicine for the effective treatment of repetitive strain injury.

Symptoms Of RSI

Jayne Almond Acupuncture Southampton
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