What is a Repetitive Strain Injury?
Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI) caused by cumulative
trauma are now the major cause of injuries in the workforce.
Statistics show that the number of patients suffering
from cumulative trauma has now surpassed those suffering from back
pain. RSI cases have increased at a phenomenal rate of 670 % over
the last five years.
Common therapies such as cross friction massage, heat,
cold, electrical stimulation,rest, exercise, and surgery
have all failed to treat cumulative trauma effectively.
Results of Repetitive Strain Injuries
Repetitive strain injuries manifest in a broad range of symptoms and
conditions. If one or more of the following factors
is high, an acute injury and inflammation can result -- even without external
forces being applied:
- Weak and Tight Tissues Repetitive
effort, for example, tends to make muscles tighten. A
tight muscle tends to weaken; a weak muscle tends to tighten. And on
- Friction - Pressure - Tension As
a result of weak and tight tissues, internal forces rise. Friction,
pressure, or tension can be present at the same time.
- Decreased Circulation
Edema Increased forces on tissues results in decreased circulation.
Edema results if pressure is applied over one of the vulnerable, low-pressure
-- in the form of a constant pressure or tension injury -- may also
decrease circulation or cause edema.
Fibrosis Adhesions can occur as a result of acute injury, repetitive
motion, and constant pressure or tension.
- Cellular hypoxiaFrom
restricted circulation, causes fibrosis and adhesions to occur between
When the friction-pressure-tension factor is severe,
or when an acute injury occurs, two additional factors come into play.
- Tear/crush syndrome.
- Inflammatory response.
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|How can ART resolve
Repetitive Strain Injury?
ART provides a way to diagnose and treat the underlying causes
of cumulative trauma disorders which often result in symptoms of
numbness, tingling, burning, and aching. ART is a hands-on therapy
that corrects muscular and soft tissue problems that are caused
by adhesion formation from overuse or cumulative trauma.
Cumulative trauma and overuse
of soft tissue causes Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSI). Soft
tissue that is forced to perform the same job over and over becomes
irritated and then inflamed.
The body responds to inflammation by laying down scar tissue in
an attempt to stabilize the area. Once this happens an ongoing cycle
begins that worsens the condition. The longer this condition persists,
the harder is is to break this cycle.
The incidence of RSI's is skyrocketing. Recently, the health care
costs for RSI in the U.S. surpassed costs for low back pain as the
largest health care expenditure. It is estimated that the cost of
RSI's in the US alone exceeds $110 billion yearly.
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Where can I find more information
about Repetitive Strain Injuries and ART?
We have recently published the first book about Active Release
Techniques, written specifically for the general public.
Release Your Pain - Resolving Repetitive
Strain Injuries with Active Release Techniques® (ART®)
is an informative, easy-to-read book, that helps you to understand
the true cause of repetitive strain injuries.
Did you know that many common therapies
(such as medication, physiotherapy, chiropractic treatment, massage,
electrical muscle stimulation, rest, exercise, and surgery) have
all failed to effectively resolve repetitive strain injuries. RSI
sufferers are rarely able to find effective or complete treatment
with these traditional treatments! Read Release
Your Pain now to understand why these treatments often fail
to solve your problem.
Understand the true cause of your pain, learn
how it can be resolved, then use the specially designed exercises included
in this book to prevent its reoccurrence.
Read our new book, Release
Your Pain, to see how Active Release Techniques can help you with
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