Repetitive strain injury (RSI)

Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is a term used to describe pain in the muscles, tendons, and nerves in a part of the body which is mostly used. It is a condition which can appear after an over use (repetitive) of the part in which the pain has occurred.

This condition tends to present itself in the upper body, in the forearms, elbows, wrists, hands, neck and shoulders. Symptoms include: stiffness, soreness, pain, tingling, and/or cramp. The solution here would be to rest the area of over use, but also to exercise and move that part in other ways from the way it is usually. Breath and energy work is also required here so to remove stagnant energy/blockages which can also contribute to the soreness/symptoms. The following yogic prescriptions are a general suggestion to get the energy following in the upper body mostly.

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What is the symptom trying to tell you?

This condition suggests that you have stopped listening to your body and need to reconnect with your body as a whole. It can also indicate that you are stuck in some way and have difficultly letting go of the past and bringing in new experience. You could be resisting change and so you could really do with learning to go more with the flow – perhaps attend a gentle yoga flow class or start a restorative yoga practice. Allow yourself to believe in your own inner wisdom, and to listen to yourself with complete trust. A yoga practice with a deep focus on the breath and/or energy would be perfect for you.

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