Repetitive Strain Injuries Prevention

Written by Sierra Rein
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Preventing repetitive strain injuries is often one of the most challenging tasks for anyone to perform. Many people rely on the repetitive movement of their bodies to complete their work each and every day. However, most repetitive strain injuries can be prevented if action is taken at the first sign of any symptoms.

The simplest preventative measure to take is to look at the workspace area and redesign it to be as ergonomically ideal as you can. Set an alarm on your desk and get up to stretch every half or full hour. Throughout the day, take the time to perform stretches and strengthening exercises to keep blood flowing through the muscles and to increase flexibility in the joints. When sleeping, make sure that your neck and arms are in a restful, supported position.

For extreme repetitive stress injuries, it is often necessary to bring in therapeutic tools like carpal tunnel wrist supports and exercise gloves like the Flextend system. Back braces can keep the position of the back straight yet relaxed while sitting at the desk or on long car rides. A lumbar support under the lower back will also reduce strain during long periods and reduce the possibility of pressure on the spine.

Before Starting a Repetitive Strain Injuries Prevention Plan

It is important to contact a doctor or therapist and discuss in detail which preventative measures are best for your particular injury. Some measures are perfectly designed for certain parts of the body, while others can actually harm the individual and make the pain worse. Once you start on a preventative plan, it is a good idea to keep a log of all improvements or pains--as well as the circumstances surrounding them--to help the doctor adjust the plan or arrive at a better one in the future.

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