Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
"Compliments, this website is very good"
Maren Müller, Occupational health and safety practitioner
"... makes the book a particularly valuable aid to the healing process"
Dr. Schneider, Orthopedist in Freiburg, Germany
The corresponding German website and book have already been featured in several newspapers and magazines.
This website is a translation of the original German version (available as book and website). As I am no native English speaker, there might be a couple of language mistakes. You can help me improve this website by submitting any language mistake via the form at the bottom of each page. Thank you, I appreciate your support!
|8 November 2014||We have a new personal story, thanks Steven!|
|7 November 2014||The pages tennis elbow and links are now translated.|
|5 November 2014||The page books is now translated.|
|2 November 2014||The page additional treatment is now translated.|
|1 November 2014||The pages psyche and press are now translated.|
|31 October 2014||Happy Halloween!
All strengthening exercises are now available.
|19 October 2014||rsipain.com is published
I have translated about 75% of all pages. The rest will be online as soon as possible.
What is RSI?
This website describes injuries that occur when performing repetitive movements over a longer period of time, especially while working on the computer (=repetitive strain injuries). For a more precise definition please go to the page "What is RSI?".
A RSI almost always manifests itself with pain in the wrist or forearm. But often even more areas of the upper body are affected (fingers, back of the hands, elbows, shoulders and neck area). In addition, even numbness, tingling, swelling, and / or sensory disturbances may occur.
You belong to the target group of this website if you regularly perform repetitive tasks (office clerks, PC / video game players, assembly line workers, cashiers, musicians, sign-language interpreters ...). Even if you have no symptoms yet, you should at least take a brief look at the summary. RSI is relatively easy to prevent, treatment however is much more difficult and painful. Millions of people around the world experience a form of RSI during their lifetime; avoid belonging to this unenviable group!
Origination of this website & Health note
All information on this website is based on my personal experiences in a three-year battle against the injury, supplemented by advice from other sufferers, websites, doctors and books. Even though I have not made the best experiences with some doctors, I urge you, before you try out any exercises of this website, please consult appropriate health professionals.
Even if your symptoms are similar, the cause may be a totally different one! I am not a doctor, I am "only" a former sufferer, who has dealt with this topic intensively. You perform all exercises of this website at your own risk. Print out the relevant pages and discuss the content with a doctor or physical therapist.
Limitations & Healing
During the years of my battle with RSI I have been exposed to many limitations and I have also seen a wide range of possible consequences which were experienced by fellow sufferers: I was in pain holding a simple cup and I was unable to open bottles on my own. I experienced pain when eating with knife and fork. I could not work on the computer and not even write something with my hand. If both hands are affected, the quality of life is very restricted and in extreme cases living on you own is no longer possible. If you already suffer from mild discomfort, I strongly advise you to address that issue before it becomes worse.
If your RSI is a result of several years of stressful repetitive movements, unfortunately there is no way to fix this from one day to the other. In advanced cases, you should give yourself about half a year to regenerate. Initially you have to reduce the repetitive strain as much as possible. You will need approximately 60-90 minutes daily to perform the exercises described on this website.
The healing path of RSI is very bumpy: You will have very good days, but also severe relapses. Always try to think positive. There is a way out of this injury! The most important thing is that you never give up and lose hope.
Helping fellow sufferers
Did you also battle with RSI, won the fight and want to help fellow sufferers? Then please invest a few minutes of your time and send me your personal healing process. All visitors of this website will be very grateful! - Additional Information