There’s no doubt that technology has been a huge boon for many people. But, there are downsides to technology as well, particularly for those who work with devices such as computers, laptops and tablets every day.
Repetitive use injuries and other conditions that lead to chronic pain are increasingly common and cause a variety of symptoms that can take a toll.
Common Workplace Issues
Carpal tunnel syndrome and cubital tunnel syndrome are two issues that people in an office setting may face and, with these conditions, come a variety of symptoms that massage therapy can help relieve pain being but one. Pain, fatigue, weakness, and stiffness in the affected areas are the most common symptoms of these injuries. Numbness and tingling, as well as trigger point referrals, are also common.
Along with overuse poor posture can be the cause of painful conditions affecting the neck, shoulders and back. A forward head posture can lead to neck pain as the person unconsciously reaches forward with the head to better see the screen.
How Massage Can Help
Massage therapy is proving beneficial in helping clients with chronic pain find relief—and some of these conditions are no different. Massage therapy can help reduce postural imbalances, nerve entrapment, inflammation in the tissues, and trigger points and their referrals, In addition, massage therapy may be able address the symptoms caused by nerve compression if the nerve compression is due to improper posture.
For example, massage therapy can be beneficial for clients who may have a pelvic imbalance that might cause back discomfort and pain, or those whose forward head posture is contributing to neck and upper back pain. Also massage may benefit patients with shortened pronators a muscle group of the forearms that might be causing forearm, wrist and hand pain.
Before beginning a massage therapy session, your therapist need to be sure they understand the mechanics of your pain. They should assess your postural imbalances to guide your treatment as well as assess your joint’s ranges of motion.
Remember that massage therapy is not going to cure the problem completely, even as the work helps relieve symptoms. You and your therapist need to find a different way to do what you are doing or else the problem will likely return. Teaching clients how to do certain tasks in a less strenuous/more efficient way as well as stretching and/or strengthening affected areas may be needed for a better recovery.