We all have to work.
For some of us it’s in an office chair all day and others it’s lifting in a warehouse. No matter the job chiropractic can help.
As I have discussed previously our bodies are designed to move. We get injured not from motion, but from improper, stressed, or decreased motion. Moving properly is not only not going to injure you, but it is also essential to good health. So, the first and best way to avoid repetitive stress injuries is to MOVE IN A WAY THAT AVOIDS REPEATEDLY STRESSING YOUR BODY.
If you are new to doing something ask others what they do to make a task less stressful for the body. Most workplaces c
an benefit financially by having ergonomics lectures or posters or education for their employees. If you don’t have them, find out if your company could get better workmans comp rates if you did. There are additional benefits to moving properly. You are less tired, work more efficiently, take less time off, and you are better able to cope with mental stresses.
If you have been doing something wrong for too long, you develop a bad habit. Breaking that habit can be uncomfortable. Have you ever tried sitting up straight at your computer for a whole day. At the end of the day your muscles are sore. They aren’t used to doing things the right way. Your body has adapted to your poor posture and lost good functionality. As with getting in shape you can’t have the perfect body in one day. Start slow, and be consistent with your attempts to change your bad habits.
The second way to prevent RSIs is to allow your self RECOVERY TIME. There is a physics principle called creep – to slip or gradually shift position or to change shape permanently from prolo
nged stress. This principle acts on our ligaments and tendons. Within 20 min. of staying in the same position our ligaments begin to accept the stretch placed on them as normal. To counter creep we should move periodically. After all we were designed to move. So, every 20-30 min. get up, do something different, and stretches are a very important part of this. It doesn’t have to be long, but should be adequate time to recover, 30 seconds to 2 minutes should be enough.
Another part of recovery time is your sleep. Sleep is when your body spends its energy recuperating from previous damage you have done to it. To avoid RSIs get plenty of sleep.
Third, your body can’t repair its self with out the building blocks it needs. A GOOD DIET is key to preventing RSIs. Some key foods in not only prevention but also recovery from RSI’s are: Vitamin C, fish and meats, and greens such as spinach. You should eat a variety of food, and not a lot of junk.
The last two things to do are common sense. EXERCISE with the goal to improve in the three areas of: strength, endurance, and flexibility. Last, DON’T OVER DO IT.
IN SUMMARY … To prevent RSIs:
1 Use Proper Motion
2 Get Proper Recovery Time
3 Eat Right
4 Exercise and Stretch
5 Don’t Over Do It