RSI refers to aches and pains in your upper body caused by repetitive movements and poor posture at work.  It is also called occupational overuse injury and overuse syndrome.

RSI mainly affects your arms,elbows, wrists, hands, fingers, neck and shoulders.

You can get this condition from a wide range of occupations and activities.  You may develop this condition if you use a computer regularly or if your job involves repetitive movements.  It may also be linked with hobbies such as painting and carpentry or with certain sports such as golf or tennis!

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) is usually associated with doing a particular activity repeatedly or for a prolonged period of time.

Common causes of this condition include:

  • Sports
  • Computer Work
  • Manual Jobs
  • Heavy Lifting


The symptoms of this condition can range from mild to severe and usually develop gradually.  They often include:

  • Pain, aching or tenderness
  • Stiffness
  • Throbbing
  • Tingling or numbness
  • Weakness
  • Cramp

At first you might only notice symptoms when performing a particular repetitive action.  However without treatment the symptoms of RSI may eventually become constant and cause longer periods of pain.


One of the first steps in treating this condition is to identify the task or activity that is causing the symptoms.  You will need to modify this activity and in some cases stop doing it altogether!

To relieve symptoms of this condition anti-inflammatory drugs such as paracetemol may help but there are some drug free treatments which have been shown to help, these include Chiropractic Treatment and Massage.


  • Take regular breaks
  • Use good posture
  • Make sure your workstation is set up correctly to help reduce strain on your body
  • Exercise regularly
  • Only use equipment i.e. computers as much as you have to


For further information or advice on RSI please call the Luton Clinic: 01582 579687 or Hitchin Clinic: 01462 420077 or alternatively e-mail us on: or