Repetitive Stress Injury

Repetitive stress injury (RSI), also called repetitive strain injury, may cover a number of conditions. It occurs when the same action is performed repeatedly, whether at the computer keyboard, playing a musical instrument, or in other ways. The repeated stress can cause pain and swelling in the muscles, tendons and bursae.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome affects five million Americans. It occurs as a result of impingement of the median nerve as it passes through the carpal tunnel in the wrist. Since the passage is narrow, even a small amount of swelling in the median nerve can cause numbness, tingling, or loss of function in the hands and fingers.


How the Gokhale Method can help

Poor alignment of the wrist while doing repetitive motions is the most common cause of carpal tunnel syndrome. You can train the wrist to maintain its alignment with the arm while doing repetitive tasks (such as preparing food, writing or keyboarding for long periods, or playing musical instruments).

Tendinitis and Tendonosis

Tendonitis is inflammation, irritation, and swelling of a tendon (a structure attaching muscle to bone). Tendonosis is degeneration of the tendon, caused by injury, overuse, or loss of elasticity with aging. Both tendonitis and tendonosis are mostly likely to occur in shoulders, wrists, heels and/or elbows.

How the Gokhale Method can help

See Tennis Elbow, second paragraph.

Tennis Elbow

Tennis Elbow, sometimes known as Golfer's elbow, Painter's elbow or mouse elbow, involves soreness or pain on the outside of the arm close to the elbow. Conventional treatments tend to be either local (cortisone injections, splints, physical therapy, heat or cold therapy) or global, with pain killers such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs).

How the Gokhale Method can help

Repositioning the shoulder blades restores normal architecture to the brachial plexus (the area deep beneath the pectoral muscle). This allows for normal circulation to and from the arms, providing nutrient rich blood to the tissues and efficiently clearing waste products from them. Also, since every nerve that innervates the upper limbs originates in the neck (cervical spine), it is important to restore normal shape and length in the neck. Healthy nerve function, and good circulation of blood and lymph help heal and prevent repetitive stress injuries.

Where can I learn more?

Shoulder, head and neck positioning are taught in Session 1 of the Gokhale Method Foundations course, and in Lesson 1 of the book: 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back. However, for best results we recommend the complete course, covering repositioning of the pelvis, spine, and entire body.

* Information provided is for informational purposes only and is not intended to substitute for medical advice from a healthcare professional.

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