Artists with RSI
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.