|Q: I'm 27 and in relatively good health. I work on a PC for 8 hrs a day and play guitar 5-10 hours a week. My symptoms are different from most other diagnoses I've seen thus far. My forearms get "tight", wrists are painful, and fingers often ache. Am I a candidate for RSI? Also any practical suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
A: You are definitely showing early signs of tissue stress. I wouldn't say you are a "candidate" for RSI (I don't like the term candidate, since it implies that it is something useful to work towards.) Your body is giving you signals. At this point in time, you have to make a decision. Are you going to ignore it and hope it goes away? Or are you going to take these signals seriously and find our why they are happening? I hope that you follow the latter question. From a chiropractic viewpoint, the tissues weaken because of dis-ease or lack of ease in the tissues. This results from an inability for the body's intellegence to correct the imbalances. The body's intellegence flows through the nervous system. Therefore, I would take a very close look at your nervous system function to determine the underlying physical cause of your symptoms. The computer work is a physical stress upon your body, and may be part of the stresses on your tissues. You may want to pick up one of the many books on ergonomics at the computer so you can reduce the stress on your body.
A chiropractor is the only doctor who can detect stresses upon the nervous system due to what is called "subluxation" of the spine - a misalignment of the spinal bones that weakens the impulses from the brain to the tissues and visa versa. I would recommend you visit one in your area to determine if subluxation is the cause of your tissue injuries. It may be the most important step you make in taking control of your health.
Your body is giving you symptoms to tell you that something is wrong. Don't ignore them.
For more information on helpful hints to avoid injury, visit my Musician's health website. (www.musicianshealth.com). It may really help your music career!
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