Ending The Repetitive Strain And Pain Of Technology

2010-08-23 | |
Last updated: 2010-08-23
Repetitive Strain Injury RSI From Technology

Despite the incredible manner in which technology has advanced in the last 100 years, one problem that has persisted over time and across technologies has been the tendency for a given technology to cause pain from repetitive use. In activities as diverse as those involving the worker on the factory floor to the child playing video games on their newest portable game console, pain from repetitive strain is an all too common theme. As the number of technologies we use regularly increases, we can only expect to see more ways in which this technology can cause us pain.

Pain experienced from repetitive tasks has likely been around as long as people have had highly repetitive tasks to perform. With rowing being such a demanding and repetitive activity, it is almost certain that the rowers moving the large ships in the Egyptian Navy some 3000 years ago were feeling some considerable low back and wrist pain. Now an ancient ship may not be considered high technology, but it certainly was at the time. While only modern athletes are likely at risk from this level of endurance pain, pain from repetitive activities is still something that a large number of people deal with.

What Is Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) And Who Suffers From RSI Pain?

Cumulative Trauma Disorder (CTD), Repetitive Motion Injury (RMI), Repetitive Stress Injury, or Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), as it is most often identified, now affects people ranging from children to senior citizens though it was once far more limited to those in specific occupations and those of middle age or older. The growing number of people affected can increasingly be attributed to greater adoption of technology in our daily lives.

As its name suggests, Repetitive Strain Injury is caused by performing some motion over and over with the result being pain caused by stress damage to muscles, tendons and nerves. In the worst cases, RSI can be completely debilitating, indefinitely preventing individuals from using the strained part of the body in numbers of ways. This is to be expected because like other forms of injury, not all forms of injury heal well.

There are two types of RSI, simply named Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 relates to pain in specific areas of the body and can usually be associated with a specific repetitive action that has caused the problem. Pain, numbness and tingling as well as inflammation and swelling are experienced. Type 2 RSI, on the other hand, is associated with more non-specific pains and a lack of swelling or noticeable inflammation.

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