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Everything You Need to Know About RSI and How It Might Impact You

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Are you struggling with recurring or chronic pain in your life? It’s possible that you are suffering from RSI or repetitive strain injury. People with this condition experience regular pain in their arms, wrists and hands. Recent reports suggest that RSI is one of the most common health isssues impacting workers in offices across America today. As such, it’s important to make sure that you are not avoiding this issue and that you are handling it the right way. Let’s explore some of the key things that you need to think about when you are dealing with RSI and how it will impact you. 

What causes RSI?

RSI is commonly caused by typing or working in the wrong position with the wrong posture for an extended period. For instance, you might develop RSI if you have been typing in the wrong position for a long time. Believe it or not, there is a wrong and right way to type. You can find various guides on how to type and avoid RSI, as well as other types of pain or discomfort, online. 

There are other issues that can cause RSI as well. For instance, you could be working for long hours without any breaks. This is always going to put significant levels of strain on key parts of your body. 

These are some of the common causes of RSI, so now let’s look at how to deal with this issue the right way. 

Speak to your employer

The first step should be to speak to your employer. If you are developing RSI due to a poor work environment then they should be able to do something about this and help correct the issue. This could involve introducing ergonomic furniture into the work space. There are lots of different types of ergonomic furniture and even ergonomic technology that could work wonders. Your employer will hopefully be more than willing to explore options like this. 

If you don’t feel like you are getting enough breaks during the work day, then this is also something that you can, and arguably should discuss with your employer. They are responsible for correcting an issue like this. 

Adjust your home life

You might think that if you are working from home that it’s unlikely you will develop an issue with RSI. However, this isn’t the case. Indeed, for many people it’s actually quite likely to develop a problem with RSI that could impact you in the long or short term. To deal with this, we recommend that you think about setting up a workspace that you can use in a safe way. You should do this if you are prone to typing in bed or a similar location where you won’t be able to adopt the right posture. 

What about medication?

You can consider using medication if your RSI is already beginning to impact various aspects of your life. Meds can help a great deal and ensure that this doesn’t become a massive concern. However, you need to make sure that you are careful with this idea. Don’t let yourself get in a situation where you are relying too much on medication. If you do find yourself taking meds too often, then you might want to explore a source for help that can help you break a habit like this. 

One of the ways to avoid this type of dependence is to explore natural medicines that can be just as beneficial as those prescribed by a doctor or medical professional. Herbal treatments are fantastic because there’s no evidence that they can become addictive. 

An example would be CBD. Various research has found that CBD can be an effective alternative treatment for a variety of health conditions, including but not limited to chronic pain that you might be experiencing in your life.

Is surgery the answer?

Finally, you might want to think about whether surgery could be the right answer when dealing with RSI. It’s possible that this may be recommended by a doctor. Surgery can be beneficial particularly if your RSI has reached a point where it is beginning to negatively impact your quality of life. However, you do need to make sure that you are careful here. It’s important to understand some of the negative consequences that surgery can bring which you should be aware of. 

We hope this helps you understand some of the key aspects that you need to know when dealing with RSI in your life. If you take the right steps, then you will be able to make sure that RSI doesn’t have a negative impact on your overall quality of wellbeing. 

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