How to avoid Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)

September 30, 2020

What is Repetitive Strain Injury

Repetitive strain injury is doing things in a repetitive way, it is a gradual buildup of damage to muscles, tendons and nerves from repetitive motions, the following are some occupations that are repetitive:

  • Construction workers working on tools doing the same thing everyday
  • Computer workers sitting at incorrect work stations and not taking regular breaks.
  • Cleaners
  • Driving (truck drivers, bus or car)
  • Musicians
  • Sports (golf, tennis, football) doing the same action.

All of the above occupations and so many more do the same actions everyday and without treatment things can then get sore, inflamed and painful, this can then lead to you being unable to use that part of the body as the pain is intensified. Anti-inflammatories are then issued by your Doctor, MRI’S are then done to see if any damage has been done to the area and cortisone injections can help but only with rest and taking a break from work will this change the stressed area.


If you do work that is repetitive then be proactive and prevent the tendons, muscles and joints from being overused and start getting regular treatment. Remedial Massage, dry needling and cupping are just some of the things that can help release tension and prevent stress on the body. Getting regular treatment is about looking after yourself, you get your car serviced so it’s the same thing look after yourself . Prevent time off work or worse not being able to work at all. It’s up to you to start being proactive, book an appointment on a regular basis and prevent the inevitable.

Surfcoast massage is open through the covid -19 period and is qualified in remedial massage, sports massage, dry needling, cupping, soft tissue and mobilising are just some of the modalities used.  Call Surfcoast massage and work out a treatment plan that works for you. Surfcoast massage is located in Jan Juc and operates Monday to Friday 9am until 7pm, call Lisa to arrange an appointment.