Be strong and flexible. Keep your musculoskeletal system healthy.
Your musculoskeletal system includes the bones and muscles that help you move. Doing the same motion day after day can be hard on your body, and can strain your musculoskeletal system. It could be an injury from repeating the same motion. Repetitive motion injuries (RMIs) usually affect the hands, wrists, elbows and shoulders.
Keeping motion injuries at bay
You can prevent RMIs from happening and reduce symptoms. Here are a few tips for preventing and treating RMIs:
Take frequent breaks. Stretch and give your body time to rest.
Adjust your chair and desk so you’re sitting in a natural position.
Keep an upright posture. Avoid leaning forward or backward more than you have to.
Use a splint to lessen pressure on the muscles and nerves.
Put ice on the affected area.
To relieve soreness and pain, try physical therapy.
Staying pain free for the future.
With rest, most people fully recover from RMIs. By taking steps now to protect your bones and muscles, you can keep doing the things you need to do every day at work and at play.
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