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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI), and Yoga

Posted Jun 02 2009 4:35pm

As we look for better ways to prevent and treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and other Repetitive Strain Injuries at our San Francisco Spine and Hand Pain Center , Yoga takes center stage. It only makes sense since the underlying philosophy of this ancient healing art is that the "spine is the center of life". Therefore the spine must be nourished and protected by keeping it healthy, flexible, and in proper alignment.  When it comes to RSI & CTS, it's simply a matter of stress overcoming resistance. We are not designed to sit in front of a computer for long hours doing repetitive motions with our arms and hands. But, most jobs and just about all school work these days is done using a computer. So, we must learn how to adapt our bodies so that we can handle these stresses. It is much easier to do this from a preventative point of view than it is once you have symptoms. But, either way, Yoga can help. There are many forms of Yoga. Our in house Yoga instructor, Sarah Palenthorpe will continue to educate you on what they are and how they can be used to enhance your treatment programs at our clinic. But for now, I have found some Yoga exercises that I like that look safe for just about anyone, even with mild-moderate symptoms. If your symptoms persist please make an appointment to see a specialist or talk to me. I have been successfully treating RSI for over 15 years.   

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