Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)

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What is RSI, who’s at risk and how to treat and prevent it.

What is RSI?

Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is a general term used to describe the pain felt in muscles, nerves and tendons caused by repetitive movement and overuse.
It most frequently affects the upper limbs and it is classified as a work-related non-specific limb pain.
Patients usually report pain on:

  • forearms and elbows
  • wrists and hands
  • neck and shoulders

RSI symptoms can include headache, tenderness, stiffness, cramping, weakness, throbbing, tingling and numbness.
Swelling can also occur over the affected area when the condition is well established but at early stages symptoms tend to appear only while carrying out specific repetitive actions.

Who is at risk of developing RSI?

Desk bound workers are the most at risk category due to the amount of computer/laptop keyboard and/or telephone work involved.

What predisposes you to RSI?

  • Repetitive manual activities
  • High-intensity activity for a long time without rest
  • Activities that require you to work in an awkward position
  • Cold working environment (not emotionally of course!!)
  • Vibrating equipment
  • Stress

How is RSI treated?

The first thing to do if you have RSI is to address your working environment to prevent this from getting any worse. This process is called ergonomic workstation assessment and it is carried out by a specifically trained physiotherapist, occupational therapist or osteopath who will be able to advise on structural changes to be made to your desk and/or equipment. It is expensive so get your HR department to pay for it.  After all you deserve it because you work hard.

You might also find it helpful to take some painkillers, your GP will be able to prescribe some to you. However, you should probably make your way to a physiotherapist or an osteopath as soon as possible.

How can physiotherapy and osteopathy help?

  • Your physiotherapist or osteopath will be able to diagnose RSI by clinically examine you
  • They will provide you with manual treatment which aims to relieve your pain by stretching your muscles and mobilising the affected joints
  • They will prescribe an adequate home exercise program for you to follow to prevent worsening of the symptoms and promote a speedy recovery
  • They will advise you on postural control and awareness
  • They will be able to give you a prognosis and set your expectations on a realistic target.

How to prevent RSI?

If you think you are in an “at risk” category for developing RSI, following are simple things that you can do to prevent it from affecting you;

  • maintain good posture at work – see how to sit at a desk correctly
  • take regular breaks from long or repetitive tasks – it’s better to take smaller, more frequent breaks than one long lunch break
  • try relaxation techniques if you’re stressed
  • book an appointment with a physiotherapist or an osteopath to seek advice and check the state of your muscles and joints.
  • remember … prevention is always better than cure!

Our highly experienced team of multi-disciplinary practitioners at Kennington are on hand to advise and help with any issues you may have with regards to RSI amongst other things. Please get in touch if you would like to know more on 02077356813.


Neck Pain

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Neck Pain: What is it? What causes it? How it can be treated?

Neck pain is one of the most commonly treated musculoskeletal complaints in primary care and it can be disabling to varying degrees. Research shows that two-thirds of the population will suffer from neck pain at some stage in their life, more commonly in middle age and with women being generally more affected than men (Arthritis Research UK, 2011). Read more

We have a New Treatment – Fertility Massage

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**New Treatment**

Women’s Abdominal and Sacral Massage – also known as Fertility Massage

At Kennington Osteopaths we pride ourselves in the vast range of regular and alternative treatments we offer. One such treatment is Abdominal and Sacral Massage or Fertility Massage, designed specifically to benefit women who are experiencing gynaecological, digestive or emotional issues and want to improve their chances of becoming pregnant. Read on to find out more about the history of this lesser known treatment and how it may work for you.

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Physiotherapy for the Whole Family

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Here at Kennington Osteopaths and Physiotherapy we like to think of physiotherapy as a journey. No matter which stage of your life you are at, whether you are a young professional with no strings or a soon-to-be parent with a lot of worries, a three day old newborn or an older retired grandparent, we can rehab you!

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Preparing for Surgery – 6 things you can do

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6 Reasons why it’s important to not just sit and wait

Being on a waiting list for a bad knee, hip, shoulder or any other joint in your body can be a really frustrating time. It’s tempting to see the surgery date as a reason not to do anything in the meantime assuming that the surgery will solve all the problems and you can move on from there. It’s worth considering, though, that with a bit of work and preparation beforehand your chances of making a faster  more pain free recovery substantially increase.

  1. Having surgery is traumatic to the joint and so exercising the muscles afterwards can be really hard. Your physio, who will be familiar with the procedure you’ll be having, can advise and demonstrate which exercises you can safely do beforehand to strengthen the area so that post surgery you’ll feel stronger quicker.
  2. Maintaining an adequate level of fitness of the injured tissues prior to surgery allows these tissues to stay hydrated and well supplied by nutrients.
  3. Injured joints lose their ability to balance, this type of skill is called “proprioception”. A joint whose proprioception has been exercised before surgery  will be a more stable joint after surgery too.
  4. When it comes to legs, the good side needs attention too! Strengthening the opposite or good side will help your body to cope with the natural postural compensation that will follow surgery for the very first weeks.
  5. Focusing on the strengthening of the surrounding joint (say elbow and forearm if your shoulder is getting surgery) helps your body cope with the temporary lack of function that the operated joint will suffer.
  6. Getting a physiotherapist to understand your condition before surgery makes you feel in safe hands as well as confident in the rehab process yet to come.

At Kennington Osteopaths and Physiotherapy we offer support, treatment and advice pre surgery as well as rehabilitation packages to accompany you from day one after surgery to the full return to your every day routine, with patience, care, competence and professionalism.

If you want to know more about preparing for surgery or want to know if we can help call us on 02077356813.

Post Surgical Recovery

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How to Achieve Post Surgical Recovery

At some point in our lives some of us may face the prospect of surgery being the best solution to repairing a body part after injury, illness or through wear and tear. Whilst this can be a painful and traumatic time there are a number of initiatives and therapies that can be used to speed up the healing process and ensure that you achieve the best recovery possible from your surgical procedure. Read more

7 Reasons for Booking a Personal Training Package

Get Fit for Spring with Personal Training- Start Now!

It seems hard to believe that Spring will ever arrive given the chilly and snowy winter we are experiencing at the moment. However, the evenings are getting longer and lighter and it’s just a few weeks until the clocks change, the temperature rises, we dig out our summer clothes and look to spend more time outdoors.

It’s easy to let our fitness and nutrition slip a little through the winter months when we spend more time inside and eating more comforting foods. However, if you want to be ready for Spring, feeling fit, healthy and energetic NOW is the time to make changes. Read more

Can’t get out? Osteopathy or Physiotherapy at home

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When do Home Visits Help?

Osteopathy home visitsWe are always looking at ways to improve our service and make our therapies available to all. Another beneficial service we offer is the facility to visit you in your own home when getting to the practice here in Kennington is just not straightforward. This isn’t solely to carry out a treatment in situ but also to understand your problem and to offer advice, support and solutions to getting you mobile again.

Here are a number of examples of when it’s a good idea to request a home visit:

  • You have suffered a sport/activity injury and you are bed bound but really want to have professional help as soon as possible.
  • You are an older person with restricted mobility who prefers to get treatment within the safety of their own home.
  • You have been discharged from hospital after musculoskeletal surgery and would like to get ready for rehab but you still have very restricted mobility.
  • You are preparing for surgery and would like a professional to assess your house environment and advise on ergonomics and safety.
  • You are at the very late stages of a pregnancy and your back really hurts.
  • Your baby was born 2 days ago, it’s very cold outside and you would like a paediatric osteopath to come and advice on colic pain.

Of course, there are many reasons why a home visit may be preferable so please call us to discuss your situation and we will endeavour to provide you with the best solution. Recovering from any of the above can take some time, starting as soon as possible shortens your healing time and optimises your outcomes.

Areas of Home Visits Covered

The areas that we cover are mainly Kennington, Lambeth, Vauxhall, Oval and Elephant and Castle. The fee is based on travel time plus treatment time and our reception team will be able to work this out for you and quote accordingly.

If you would like to know more or book an appointment please use the form below.  Or tune in next week for more insightful info on the type of services we offer.


Tools to Help Manage Stress II (Massage & Dry Needling)

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FITNESS AND HEALTH, MENTAL HEALTH

How well do you manage stress?

As we mentioned in the previous blog on stress management, this time of year can lead to people suffering from a number of seasonal, stress related ailments. Having covered how acupuncture and facial acupuncture can help previously it’s also worth considering the benefits of massage and dry needling.
It’s interesting to note that 34% of people believe that massage therapy is just a form of pampering, and it certainly should leave you feeling good. A greater percentage do, however, believe that massage is beneficial for soreness, stiffness, injury recovery/rehab, headache/migraine control and to relieve and manage stress. 39% of people indicate that medical benefits are their primary motivation for having a massage.

This is the second in our series of blogs covering a number of treatments available here at Kennington which include; Acupuncture/Facial Acupuncture, Massage Therapy/Dry Needling and Counselling/Psychotherapy.
The symptom picture for stress is generally variable depending on individuals. For example, illness, tiredness and lethargy, short tight muscles, dull skin, lank hair, erratic sleep pattern can all point to the fact that you’re under stress.
Mental stress can result in depression, mood swings, anger, frustration, more on that in our next blog on how best to manage these symptoms.

Therapy 2 – Massage and Dry Needling

Massage has been shown to act as an effective adjuvant to talking therapy when it comes to stress management. Not only that, it improves blood circulation to relieve back ache and headache and flush away waste products of your metabolism, ensuring a healthy immune system.Massage

Massage can induce states of deep relaxation to enhance your body awareness which is challenged by stress, long hours sitting at your desk, sedentary but pressured lifestyles, and lack of physical activity.

Dry needling is a branch of acupuncture used by western practitioners. As well as targeting knotted and congested muscles, it provides some of the benefits that its ancestral discipline provides.
You will therefore benefit from it not only to achieve purely musculoskeletal benefits but also to stimulate a more general neurophysiological metabolic balance.

Dry needling can enhance massage to enable the therapist to reach layers that manual therapy can’t reach.

Next post on stress management – Counselling/Psychotherapy

If you would like to know more or book an appointment please use the form below.  Or tune in next week for more insightful info on the type of services we offer.

 


Tools to Help Manage Stress I (Acupuncture)

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How well do you manage stress?

Did you know that at least half a million people in the UK experience seasonal stress particularly at this time of year, cold dark January, winter blues, new year, etc. this can often result in unexplained illness and feeling down or depressed.

Apart from keeping yourself healthy with good nutrition and regular exercise it can be worth investigating some alternative therapies to help combat some of these issues.

This series of blogs will cover a number of treatments available here at Kennington which include; Acupuncture/Facial Acupuncture, Massage Therapy/Dry Needling and Counselling/Psychotherapy.

The symptom picture for stress is generally variable depending on individuals. For example, illness, tiredness and lethargy, short tight muscles, dull skin, lank hair, erratic sleep pattern can all point to the fact that you’re under stress.

Mental stress can result in depression, mood swings, anger, frustration, check the rest of our stress management series for more information.

Therapy 1 – Acupuncture and Facial Acupuncture

Small randomised controlled trials demonstrate successful treatment of chronic stress via the stimulation of the central nervous system and the regulation of neurochemical messengers  which restore physical and psychological well being.

Acupuncture - helps to manage stress

Acupuncture

It also has been shown to reduce inflammation and modulate pain as well as alter the brain mood chemistry to combat negative states.

Facial acupuncture can brighten the skin without chemicals, needles are inserted in pressure points releasing energies and endorphins. It also improves blood flow and stimulates cell re-growth whilst encouraging the production of healing collagen which is fundamental to skin elasticity and plumpness.

If you think you might have any of the symptoms outlined above please get in contact and our highly trained therapists will be happy to discuss the various treatments on offer.

Coming soon, our next post on stress management –  Therapy 2: massage/dry needling.

If you would like to know more or book an appointment please use the form below.  Or tune in next week for more insightful info on the type of services we offer.