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Stress management

The range of treatments for repetitive strain injury is quite diverse and growing all the time. However, prevention being better than cure, the chances of continued good health are greatest when steps are taken to minimise the risk of injuries developing.
Many conditions appear to be cumulative rather than sudden and prevention includes understanding the combination of factors which are implicated in RSI, including stress.
RSI is most definitely not all in the mind but tension and tight muscles are a big risk factor. Being able to relax your body, release your muscles and calm your mind, helps promote well-being generally.
Techniques for relaxation are included in many postural disciplines such as Yoga, Tai Chi, Alexander Technique and Pilates, as well as meditation and a range of complementary therapies. Regular exercise such as jogging, walking or swimming can all help to loosen up your joints.
RSI tends to strike in workaholic types. It is important therefore to notice the extent of your 'driveness' around work and build some physical and mental relaxation into your daily life. If stress starts to become a real issue, even if you have not developed any symptoms of RSI, it may be wise to seek professional help.