Monday, October 29, 2012

It's Not Carpal Tunnel Syndrome!

I hope that title didn't scare you! It's just the name of the book I finished. It's Not Carpal Tunnel Syndrome! by Superna Damany and Jack Bellis is about something called Repetitive Stress Injury or RSI and the therapy options for those who have fallen victim to it's pain.

RSI is a fairly common injury or pain for people who have a tasks that require repetitive movements. The book is fairly focused on computer programmers or computer-related fields but it can include other professions as well.

Damany is a physical therapist specializing in this type of injury and has seen many people learn to manage their pain. Bellis is a victim of RSI and improved greatly with Damany's help. Together, they write a book that is meant to teach and help those who also struggle with this type of pain. I am one of those people.

The first half of the book was very informative; they go into detail of how the injury develops, what the symptoms look like and what common treatment practices look like. They are also very adamant that this injury can look different for everyone and many physicians don't know how to diagnose or treat it properly.

The second half of the book gives diagrams and how-tos for stretching, strengthening and relieving the stress and tension in your body. I found it all very helpful. I even started to notice a difference in a week after following just a few of their recommendations.

If you work at a computer for the majority of your work day, I would recommend checking this book out (I found it at the library). Even if you don't have any pain in your arms or fingers yet, it will help you in preventing that from ever happening -- which in hindsight is totally worth it.

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