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Repetitive strain injury
Submitted by Richard

The pain, tingling or numbness that can result from a repeated movement, such as typing, playing a violin or hitting a tennis ball, is commonly known as repetitive strain injury (RSI). The muscles and tendons - usually in the arms and wrists - can become chronically fatigued or inflamed, and sufferers experience symptoms such as persistent, dull aching or tingling in the muscles of the neck, shoulders and arms.

Conventional treatment includes many natural options such as rest, physiotherapy, exercise and massage, in addition to specialist electrotherapy and ultrasound treatment. A doctor may prescribe painkillers or anti-inflammatory drugs, and may occasionally recommend surgery. Natural therapies such as acupressure, hydrotherapy and homeopathy may all bring relief from the immediate discomfort of RSI.

If the site of the pain is red and inflamed, apply cold compresses to the affected area. Alternating hot and cold compresses may also help by stimulating the circulation: apply a towel dipped in hot water for 3 to 4 minutes. Follow this with a cold compress for about 40 seconds. Repeat this process five to six times, as often as necessary to relieve pain.

Causticum For pain that is relieved by heat and rubbing, and associated with tingling or numbness.