Repetitive Strain Injury in Southend-on-Sea & Leigh-on-Sea, Essex

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Repetitive Strain Injury

We offer advice and treatment for repetitive strain injury in Southend at The Body Matters. Treatments are available from our clinic based in Leigh-on-Sea, Southend, Essex. We also offer telephone & online support and remote consultations.


What Causes Repetitive Strain Injury?

Repetitive strain injuries can be caused by the repetition, duration and/or intensity of our routine and recreational activities. Although mild to moderate cases can resolve with rest and activity modification, this is not always easy where precise activity patterns that are part and parcel of our work can lead to such pain and stiffness. 

The more focused and dedicated we are in our jobs and routines, the more habitual such stresses on the body become and can manifest in persistent pain and suffering. These could be nasty muscle knots, technically known as trigger points, which are small patches of localized muscle spasm and involve no actual damage to the muscle.

The Pain Associated with RSI

Muscle pain can be incredibly intense, to the point that some people cannot lift their head off the pillow in the morning if their neck is stiff and painful. Conventional wisdom tells us that such intense pain and significant impact on our lives must be some type of serious pathology or injury; we do not consider that it could be just a repetitive strain of some muscles.

Most of these issues are “non-specific” which covers pains that have no specific pathology or mechanism of injury that has a well-understood healing or treatment process. The non-specific nature of these types of pains make them difficult to manage in the medical setting as there can be other factors involved in, first, the intensity of the pain and secondly the persistent nature, i.e. why is it lasting so long? 

Strain, pain, spasm, contracture, scar tissue, tone, tension, and stiffness are all poorly understood and routinely confused. They are not only surprisingly complex topics scientifically, but clinicians are not always aware of the research that has been done.

There are theories that describe the underlying pathophysiology of repetitive strain injuries and include incomplete repair of local muscle tissue, but also could be local scarring, tendon changes or even injury to the local nerve or connective tissues that make up the soft tissues in the region other than the muscles themselves. 

Treatment for Repetitive Strain Injuries

Muscle pain is mostly simple to diagnose and self-treat, yet plenty of people seek treatment for muscle strains that have been diagnosed incorrectly as something else or have something else that has been misdiagnosed as a muscle strain.

Complications arise in the diagnosis and management when we take into consideration that persistent tissue sensitivity does not always occur due to tissue injury but can be due to adaptations in the nervous system that increase sensory input to the brain. The process of increased sensitivity and can lead to a more vigilante protective system, which affects motor control to tense the muscles in the affected region to protect from further perceived injury. The pain is worse and we tense up to protect ourselves from the pain, which irritates the muscles further. Essentially, a vicious cycle!

Therefore, it is important to rule out more serious pathology before determining a plan of action to manage a repetitive strain injury.

Management will often include manual treatments such as massage or dry needling, but should also include advice on activity adaptation and rehabilitation to desensitise the area and avoid deconditioning and weakening of the area through avoidance of painful movements.

We are open with safe distancing and hygiene measures in place

The Body Matters clinic is currently open, by appointment only, with safe distancing and hygiene measures in place. We would love for you to continue using our services during this period. 

Remote consultations also available

We continue to offer remote consultations (if required) to provide our services without physical interaction.

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Call 01702 714968 for more information about repetitive strain injury in Southend-on-Sea, Essex at The Body Matters.

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We are open weekdays and Saturdays, with early morning and evening appointments available on request. We offer remote consultations to provide our services without physical interaction. We would love for you to continue using our services during this period.

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