Open 6 days, Early to Late! 8am-8pm
call us at: (03) 9593 6333
info@stkildaosteopathy.com.au
Book Appointment Onsite parking

MAP
  • Pain Relief and Treatment

    for all types of acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions

  • Rehabilitation and Prevention

    of injuries and musculoskeletal complaints

  • Improve overall Posture

    ergonomics and body awareness with muscle flexibility, strength and ease of movement

  • Treatment for your
    changing body

    during and after pregnancy

  • Treatments for colic, birth trauma and much more

    for your child's optimal health and well being

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)

Man holding wrist in painRepetitive Strain Injury or RSI is a range of painful or uncomfortable conditions of the muscles, tendons, nerves and other soft tissues, usually caused by repetitive use of a certain body part, often in the upper limbs. RSI is typically related to an occupational strain, but may also be linked to certain leisure activities.

What are the signs and symptoms of RSI?

Signs and symptoms vary, depending on which part of the body is affected, and what caused the problem in the first place. 

Initially, symptoms may only occur when you are doing the repetitive task and slowly fade when you rest. Eventually, though, symptoms may be present all the time, and worsen during the repetitive task, if left untreated. 

The most common RSI signs and symptoms include:
  • tenderness in the affected muscle or joint
  • pain in the affected muscle or joint
  • throbbing sensation in the affected area
  • pins and needles (tingling) in the affected area, especially the hand or arm
  • loss of sensation in the hand
  • loss of strength in the hand 

Early treatment is much more likely to prevent any irreversible damage.

What causes RSI?

When a movement is repeated over and over, the body tissues become overused and begin to break down leading to a build-up of inflammation. The most common cause of RSI today is overuse due to occupational strain, and the biggest culprit of all is the computer keyboard. Other contributing factors include:
  • overuse of muscles on a continued, repetitive basis
  • cold temperatures
  • vibrating equipment
  • forceful activities
  • poor posture or a badly organised work area
  • stress
  • fatigue
  • prolonged periods of work without a break

How can osteopathy help with RSI?

Osteopaths are trained to determine which tissue is responsible for your pain. They have the appropriate skills and knowledge to assess your complaint and decide on the most effective course of action. 

Osteopathic management may involve:
  • gentle manual therapy to ensure affected muscles and joints are moving correctly
  • assistance in achieving and maintaining good posture
  • providing ergonomic advice for your work and home environments 

If you believe you are experiencing symptoms of RSI, don’t delay. Call St Kilda Osteopathy and let us help you.

Need to book an appointment with one of our Osteopaths?

Each session incorporates a thorough diagnosis, explanation and "hands on" treatment with the highest quality care. Our treatments are appropriate for pain, injuries, muscle and joint related complaints including acute, chronic or complex case.

Book Appointment

Call us about your condition and we can help you.

Phone: (03) 9593 6333

Or simply enter your details below and we will contact you ASAP.