Certain work responsibilities or activities of daily living can require many of us to execute repeated movements of the hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, neck, and back. When we repeatedly ask our bodies to achieve certain tasks, the result can often be painful.
Over time, these repetitive movements can cause harm and injury to various parts of the body. These injuries, are commonly referred to as Repetitive Motion Disorders (RMDs). These can also be called Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSI), and are temporary or permanent injuries to muscles, nerves, ligaments, and tendons caused by doing the same motion over and over again.
Chiropractic Care and repetitive movement injuries are a good pair, as chiropractic adjustment and manipulation often get to the source of the problem, with amazing outcomes.
Common Symptoms Of RMD
- Pain, tenderness or stiffness in the fingers, hands, wrists, forearms, elbows, shoulders, neck or back.
- Tingling or numbness in the hands or fingers.
- Aching or shooting pain.
- Visible swelling or redness of the affected area.
- Loss of flexibility, coordination, and strength.
- For some people, there may be no visible sign of injury although they may find it hard to perform easy tasks.
Injuries caused by repetitive movements frequently develop slowly over a period of time. At first, the symptoms may be mild and come and go. However, if left untreated, the symptoms can often become very painful and even debilitating.
Who Is At Risk From Developing RMD’s?
Certain professions and common activities increase the risk of RMD’s including:
- Assembly line work.
- Dental Hygienist.
- Sewing and quilting.
- Playing musical instruments.
- Administrative or computer work/typing or in the case of children, playing video or computer games.
- Gardening and landscape work.
- Sports such as tennis or golf.
- Lifting children.
Chiropractic Care And RMD’s
Chiropractic care can be an extremely helpful way to manage and relieve swelling and pain caused by repetitive stress disorder. Chiropractic care can increase joint mobility and enhance your nervous system function and spinal health, thus your body will have the ability to better manage symptoms caused by Repetitive Motion Disorders.
Chiropractic care isn’t always about cracking, popping and crunching. It can be applied by numerous methods and approaches to relieve the pain associated with repetitive motion injuries.
The effects of RSI on the body are very predictable. Repeated wear and tear on muscles and joints causes them to become stiff, sore and inflamed. When allowed time to recover, your body can often heal itself. But if activity continues, that wear and tear will start to cause damage to your joints and soft tissues.
Chiropractic care can be a perfect way to manage and relieve swelling and pain caused by repetitive stress disorder by delivering a gentle, non-invasive, non-addictive therapy. With better joint mobility and improving your nervous system function and spinal health, your body has the ability to better manage symptoms caused by repetitive stress disorder.