Artists with RSI

ImagineFX - - Letters -

I’d like to see a fu­ture ar­ti­cle deal­ing with repet­i­tive strain/stress in­jury (RSI): how to pre­vent it and what to do if you have it. I know many artists who are strug­gling with RSI or are con­cerned about de­vel­op­ing it.

I de­vel­oped RSI in 2014 and af­ter be­ing treated with­out suc­cess I thought I’d never paint again. My symp­toms in­cluded hand tremors, se­vere ten­don/ joint pain, stiff­ness, numb­ness and tin­gling in my hands and arms. It was in­ter­fer­ing in my work, life and hap­pi­ness. Then I was re­ferred to a new phys­i­cal ther­a­pist (PT) who healed me of RSI com­pletely!

My PT said that RSI is com­mon for any pro­fes­sional and top ath­lete who trains hard. Her pri­mary tech­nique is trig­ger-point re­lease ther­apy, us­ing mas­sage and stretches. She worked out knots and stretched out mus­cles in my back and arms, which opened up my back and gave re­lief to my hands and arms. This tech­nique is rev­o­lu­tion­ary and re­lieved all the symp­toms of RSI af­ter just two ses­sions plus some sim­ple stretches she gave me to take home.

I’m now cre­at­ing art again, symp­tom free! I was also given tips on artist in­jury pre­ven­tion and er­gonomics, both for ev­ery­day and for at the com­puter or art desk/easel. I’d be so happy if you’d con­sider shar­ing this in­for­ma­tion with my fel­low artists, be­cause it’s been so ben­e­fi­cial to me. Mary High­street, via email

Claire replies It’s so good to hear that you’re fully re­cov­ered, Mary. Thank you for pass­ing on your ad­vice and for a timely re­minder for me to re­visit this sub­ject in a fu­ture edi­tion of Imag­ineFX. It’s vi­tal that we look af­ter our­selves so we’re able to con­tinue the things that we love do­ing.

Mary High­street is back cre­at­ing art af­ter strug­gling with RSI.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.