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Repetitive strain injury (RSI)

The RSI label covers a large family of complaints in which the common cause is over-use of a tool or activity with repeated identical movements. These typically affect muscles, tendons and nerves in the hands, arms and upper back, with recurring pain, tingling or numbness, and loss of strength and endurance.

The Daily Mail, September 9, 2005, reported a study by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. This found that 448,000 UK workers were reported to have RSI in the previous year, with the numbers, and the costs to employers and employees, rising steadily.

Common conditions within the RSI family are tennis elbow, golfer’s knee, typist’s wrist, jogger’s ankle, carpal tunnel, tendonitis, bursitis and, more recently, “gamer’s thumb” and “Blackberry thumb”.

INS can be extremely effective in relieving the pain and inflammation of RSI. A course of INS treatment will also help to reduce overall stress and relax muscles – issues that have been identified as key factors in the development of RSI.

I have successfully treated many people with RSI and in January 2009 I was invited to address the RSI Support Group about the use of INS therapy for RSI.