Suspect RSI of the wrist

Only noticed pain in both wrists in June, she has children who are 2 ½ year old and 8 month old.
The pain in the right wrist got better over time but the left wrist had got worse, when Emily went to the doctor she was told to rest the wrist which is not an easy task when looking after two children of their tender age. She is looking for treatment which is safe with breastfeeding and I advised she see me to have a course of sports massage treatments which can help with such aliments.

Upon checking my thought process out in the nhs website I am more convinced I can help this lady.
Today I examined the wrist and found that the extensor carpi ulnaris was extremely tense it felt like an elastic band. I worked on this muscle for about 30 minutes while working around the other muscles, and stretching the hand. When I stretched the hand up Emily reported pain in the back of the wrist I believe this is just down to the over use of the muscles and tendons while working to support the extensor carpi ulnaris. Emily has been talking to other professionals about her problem and may be able to get a splint to help her to rest her wrist while looking after her children.

Self help

Often, small changes to your lifestyle and working environment can help to relieve symptoms of RSI.
Think about the activity that is causing your RSI. What is it, when do you do it and how long do you do it for? Could you spend less time doing the activity or take more regular breaks so you are doing it for shorter periods of time?

Some people with symptoms of RSI find that including exercise in their daily routine, such as walking or swimming, helps to ease their symptoms.

Physical and complementary therapies

‘Hands-on’ therapies including physiotherapy, massage and osteopathy may be available after a referral from your GP, but in some cases there may be a long wait for an appointment. If you wish to consider private treatment make sure that your therapist is registered with a professionally recognised organisation.

Read more information about hands-on therapies for RSI on the RSI Awareness website.
Many long-term sufferers of RSI use other types of complementary therapies and relaxation techniques, such as yoga, acupuncture and reflexology, to help relieve symptoms of RSI.

However, it should be stressed that these approaches will not work for everyone. Their success varies between individuals and their symptoms of RSI

Thursday 14th November 2013, I treated Emilie’s arm again today and she reported it had felt better from the first treatment and better again after her resent treatment. She has been able to rest her arm intermittently which also helps.

I hope to see her again soon.

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