Repetitive strain injuries (RSI) is a term that is used to describe the compounding effect that small repetitious trauma has on the tendons, muscles, nerves and joints of the body. Alone, one micro-trauma has minimal longstanding impact on the body; in combination, several micro-traumas can increase the likelihood of severe physical impairment.

RSI occur for a variety of reasons, some of which are:

Poor posture

Poor ergonomics

Poor working environment

Prolonged positions

Excessive repetitious movements

Awkward lifting

Lack of physical conditioning

Inadequate foot wear

Operating vibratory equipment

Overdoing it

Commonly, RSI are diagnosed in the neck, back, wrists, elbows, and shoulders. Less often, they are seen in the hands, hips, knees and ankles. The symptoms that most RSI sufferers complain of are:


Swelling & inflammation

Stiffness of a body part

Decreased movement of a joint

Numbness, burning or tingling

Symptoms worsen with time

Over time, the wear and tear of different body parts can lead to the damage of different types of tissues: tendons, muscles, nerves, etc. As a result, there are many disorders which can be associated with repetitive strain injuries.



Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Tennis Elbow

Golfer’s Elbow

Rotator Cuff Injuries

Chronic Back Pain

Degenerative Disc Disease


The risk of developing an RSI can be diminished by improving awareness, ergonomics and the workplace environment, reducing repetitive movements, and seeking regular chiropractic care. Chiropractic tune-ups prevent the development of an RSI because they help identify and eliminate spinal restrictions and muscle imbalances before they have the chance to manifest.