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Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)

Well-Being

10 July 2020

If you’ve noticed a sharp pain in your wrists or hands, it could be Repetitive Strain injury (RSI).  With many of us working from home in recent times, we may have relaxed our desk setup.  Have you been working from the sofa, the dining table, the garden, the kitchen counter, or perhaps even your bed?  Initially this seems like a real treat but with the change in posture comes a strain to your neck, back, wrist, shoulders, legs etc.  If not rectified quickly, RSI can set in for the long term and become really bothersome.  With some of our own team suffering from RSI, we looked into how to stay healthy while working from home and hopefully avoiding discomfort.

 

Epsom salt hand soak

If you’re experiencing pain in your hands, wrists, neck or shoulders a warm soak with a generous amount of Epsom salt can make a soothing difference.  The key is to soak for at least 20 minutes.  If you have a large enough bowl you can do this while enjoying your favourite tv show or bird watching in the garden.

 

Epsom salt body soak

If you’re feeling the strain in your legs or back, or even your head and neck, a comforting soak in the bath could take the edge off.  We recommend a very generous amount of Epsom salts and at least 20 to 30 minutes soaking. If you struggle to sit relax for that long, we recommend playing a podcast or audio book so your mind can be occupied.

 

Arnica treatment

Some believe Arnica to be effective at easing the pain and discomfort with RSI and other muscle strains.  Arnica comes in many forms including a salve and cream to apply directly to the areas affected. Always carry out a patch test and check any health concerns with your healthcare professional in the first instance.

 

Stretches

There’s a lot to be said for a really good stretch.  Making time to stretch several times a day can make all the difference to your aches and pains while helping keep RSI at bay.  There are lots of stretching tips online just be sure to check with your healthcare professional before using them to ensure they’re safe for you.

 

Physiotherapy

If your symptoms are more severe your healthcare professional may refer you for physiotherapy which will guide you through more specific stretches to treat the problem area.

 

Alexander technique

The Alexander technique is thought to help reduce and prevent musculoskeletal problems including aches in the back, neck and shoulders. This includes correcting poor posture and being aware of how we move. More information can be found from the NHS website. Many people have found this beneficial in easing their aches and pains.

 

Acupuncture

People turn to acupuncture for long and short term ailments.  Your therapist may recommend wearing a small acupuncture plaster on your wrist, for a few days after your appointment.  These can help relieve your RSI symptoms. The NHS provides more details about how this can help here.

 

If you’d like to try a Newton Wood Epsom Salt soak for yourself we’ve introduced new Essential packs which are just £2.00.  They’re also great as a thoughtful gift to anyone you know who is suffering at the moment.

 

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NB: We recommend you always seek professional advice from a healthcare professional if you are pregnant, breast feeding, taking medication or have any medical conditions before using new products.  Always perform a patch test before using any new products.  If you have a health or wellness concern consult with a healthcare professional in the first instance. This blog is for informational purposes only and does not constitute healthcare advice or treatment.

 

I have muscular pains and soaking in these Epsom salts relaxes and eases the pain.