What is RSI?
RSI or to give it its full title, Repetitive Strain Injury, is a condition which results in severe pain from frequently using the same muscle groups. RSI is an umbrella term describing a variety of conditions, which may affect the muscles, tendons and other soft tissues in the body. RSI is a leading problem in accidents at work, and can affect anyone in almost any occupation, from office work and supermarkets, right up to construction sites. RSI is an extremely difficult affliction to diagnose, as sometimes the symptoms may occur without any other inflammation of the affected areas and can be hard to distinguish from other muscle conditions.
What are the symptoms of RSI?
RSI sufferers may display a wide range of symptoms including; pain, numbness, tightness, dull ache or throbbing, and tingling in the affected areas.
What is a Shiatsu and can it help with RSI?
Shiatsu is a Japanese form of acupressure and is much like a massage in this respect. Shiatsu aims to harmonise the flow of energy throughout the person. Its use in the treatment of RSI is controversial however. Many people who have Shiatsu claim relief from the symptoms of RSI and in many cases have stated that they believe it to be responsible for a good night’s sleep in the days following, helping to relieve the aches and pains of RSI. However, many medical practitioners find the idea of a Shiatsu to be an alternative therapy and its scientific links in combatting the effects of RSI are unproven. It should only be used in conjunction with other conservative therapies.
I have been diagnosed with RSI and I think my job may to be blame. Am I entitled to claim compensation?
RSI is becoming an increasingly more common work-related injury and poses a significant threat to health and safety in the workplace. Your employer should actively be taking steps in order to reduce the chances of suffering from RSI, including providing adequate breaks and providing ergonomic furniture to help with posture and ease stress on the muscles. If however, you’ve suffered RSI as a result of your occupation within the last 3 years and it wasn’t your fault, then yes, you may be entitled to claim compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today for more information. Our lines are open 24/7 on 0800 689 0500 and a friendly, professional adviser is waiting to take your call.