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What is a Repetitive Strain Injury?

Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI) caused by cumulative trauma are now the major cause of injuries in the workforce.

Statistics show that the number of patients suffering from cumulative trauma has now surpassed those suffering from back pain. RSI cases have increased at a phenomenal rate of 670 % over the last five years.

Common therapies such as cross friction massage, heat, cold, electrical stimulation,rest, exercise, and surgery – have all failed to treat cumulative trauma effectively.

Understanding RSI

Results of Repetitive Strain Injuries

Repetitive strain injuries manifest in a broad range of symptoms and conditions. If one or more of the following factors is high, an acute injury and inflammation can result -- even without external forces being applied :

  • Weak and Tight Tissues Repetitive effort, for example, tends to make muscles tighten. A tight muscle tends to weaken; a weak muscle tends to tighten. And on it goes.

  • Friction - Pressure - Tension As a result of weak and tight tissues, internal forces rise. Friction, pressure, or tension can be present at the same time.

  • Decreased Circulation Edema Increased forces on tissues results in decreased circulation. Edema results if pressure is applied over one of the vulnerable, low-pressure lymphatic channels.

    E xternal forces -- in the form of a constant pressure or tension injury -- may also decrease circulation or cause edema.
  • Adhesion Fibrosis Adhesions can occur as a result of acute injury, repetitive motion, and constant pressure or tension.

  • Cellular hypoxia From restricted circulation, causes fibrosis and adhesions to occur between tissues.

When the friction-pressure-tension factor is severe, or when an acute injury occurs, two additional factors come into play.

  • Tear/crush syndrome.
  • Inflammatory response.

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How can ART resolve Repetitive Strain Injury?

ART provides a way to diagnose and treat the underlying causes of cumulative trauma disorders which often result in symptoms of numbness, tingling, burning, and aching. ART is a hands-on therapy that corrects muscular and soft tissue problems that are caused by adhesion formation from overuse or cumulative trauma.

Cumulative trauma and overuse of soft tissue causes Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSI). Soft tissue that is forced to perform the same job over and over becomes irritated and then inflamed.

The body responds to inflammation by laying down scar tissue in an attempt to stabilize the area. Once this happens an ongoing cycle begins that worsens the condition. The longer this condition persists, the harder is is to break this cycle.

The incidence of RSI's is skyrocketing. Recently, the health care costs for RSI in the U.S. surpassed costs for low back pain as the largest health care expenditure. It is estimated that the cost of RSI's in the US alone exceeds $110 billion yearly.

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Where can I find more information about Repetitive Strain Injuries and ART?

We have recently published the first book about Active Release Techniques, written specifically for the general public.

Release Your Pain - Resolving Repetitive Strain Injuries with Active Release Technique s® (ART®) is an informative, easy-to-read book, that helps you to understand the true cause of repetitive strain injuries.

Did you know that many common therapies (such as medication, physiotherapy, chiropractic treatment, massage, electrical muscle stimulation, rest, exercise, and surgery) have all failed to effectively resolve repetitive strain injuries. RSI sufferers are rarely able to find effective or complete treatment with these traditional treatments! Read Release Your Pain now to understand why these treatments often fail to solve your problem.

Understand the true cause of your pain, learn how it can be resolved, then use the specially designed exercises included in this book to prevent its reoccurrence.

Read our new book, Release Your Pain , to see how Active Release Techniques can help you with your injuries.

Download an information brochure for Repetitive Strain Injury!

We provide a series of informative brochures about various conditions that we treat at our clinic. Download any of the following information, and read it at your leisure:

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Active Release Technique Active Release Technique, and how it can help to resolve a broad range of soft tissue injuries.
Carpel Tunnel - Resolving the Problem How ART can resolve Carpel Tunnel...WITHOUT surgery. This treatment is now standard in Colorado, before insurance allows for surgical intervention!
Repetitive Strain Injuries How repetitive strain injuries occur, and what ART can do help resolve these injuries. ART has been proven to be 90% effective in the resolution of conditions such as Carpel Tunnel Syndrome....WITHOUT surgery!

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