Repetitive Strain Injury


Specific movements repeated over an extensive period of time cause the muscles to strain. When the muscle becomes worn out it becomes stiff and the blood flow to the area becomes limited. The lack of blood flow prevents the muscle from being able to naturally repair itself because there is a lack of oxygen.

This then creates a situation where the muscles and tendons are unable to replace the damaged cells with healthy new ones. The build-up of dead cells, also known as scar tissue, is what leads to the development of RSI.

The excess scar tissue weakens the muscle and then the surrounding muscles and tendons have to overcompensate for the now weakened muscle. This then puts excess strain on the surrounding muscles and tendons, which can cause the same thing to happen to them that happened in the original muscles.

Other symptoms besides pain and discomfort in the muscles and tendons include sensations of stiffness, numbness, and muscle weakness. People with RSI have also experience burning and sharp jolts of pain in the affected area. Along with these symptoms, it is also likely that someone with RSI may experience more difficulty and fatigue when performing everyday tasks. This condition can occur to anyone who overuses a muscle over a period of time, but it is commonly found in people who heavily use their hands and wrists, like dentists, hair stylists, musicians, golfers, and people who use the computer often.

What Are The Different Types of RSI?

There are two different types of RSI. The first type is referred to as Type 1 RSI. Type 1 RSI is there is an identifiable medical condition that is associated with the pain being experienced. 

1. The types of conditions that are seen in Type 1 RSI are bursitis, tendonitis, and carpal tunnel syndrome. These conditions involve swelling or inflammation in the affected area.

2. The second type of RSI is referred to as Type 2 RSI. Type 2 RSI is not associated with a medical condition and is considered to be a general pain.

How Does Massage For Repetitive Strain Injury Work?

Massage for RSI is used to help stimulate the affected area so that there is more blood flow and more oxygen to repair the damaged muscles and tendons. This can help provide relief from the pain that people with RSI experience. 

Our RSI Specialised Massage therapists will individuate with ease the damaged areas and massage the tissue to regain blood flow. Massage therapy can also help breakdown some of the built-up scar tissue, which can also help to relieve pain. This type of treatment for RSI is not invasive and can provide a lot of pain relief.

When someone receives massage for their RSI, their treatment session may go as follows:

  1. First, the muscles and tendons would be heated to help loosen them up
  2. Then the therapist would do the first round of massage
  3. Following the first massage, the therapist would have the patient stretch
  4. Strengthening exercises will be performed
  5. Then the therapist would massage the muscles again
  6. Lastly, the muscles would be cooled by either being put in a cold tub or sitting with an ice pack on them for at least 10 minutes. The cooling of the muscles after the therapy helps prevent the muscles from re-injury [4]

Does Massage For Repetitive Strain Injury Hurt?

Massage should never cause pain or discomfort. While this type of therapy is designed to treat areas that are causing you pain, it should in no circumstance exacerbate pain or discomfort.

Our therapists will go through your treatment with you beforehand and will take note of any sensitive or sore areas. We will constantly check if the pressure and type of massage are suitable for you. We will always consider what is best for your holistic and overall health.

If you do feel pain or discomfort during your treatment, it is your responsibility to let our therapists know – there’s no need to feel shy or uncomfortable in telling them so. We want you to get the best out of your experience, and leave feeling cared for and rejuvenated.