New York, NY (PRWEB) November 5, 2010
Millions of people suffer from repetitive strain injuries (RSI), caused by their work environments. Any repetitive motion such as working long hours at the computer, juggling several personal tech devices, playing an instrument, handling tools, or simply texting your friends, can lead to neck pain and shoulder pain, low back pain, or elbow pain—so-called BlackBerry elbow. Maik Wiedenbach, international fitness expert, former German National Swim Team member, World Cup swimmer, and Soccer World Cup commentator, has just introduced "The Desk Athlete" DVD, a three-step program to help prevent the most common repetitive strain injuries and relieve RSI-caused pain.
“Sports athletes learn to train specific muscles perform better and prevent injury, and desk athletes can do the same,” says Wiedenbach. From his personal training work with executive clients through his company, Adler Training in New York City, Wiedenbach devised a program to help relieve RSI pain and prevent its recurrence. Exercises can be performed in street clothes, in the office or at home, and take just 10 minutes, three times per week.
Repetitive strain injuries occur when a single muscle is being constantly overworked, causing the buildup of tension and strain. Eventually, a trigger point forms where the muscle is unable to release. This causes pain in other areas and starts the injury cycle. “If the one muscle gets too tights, its counterpart is weakened,” Wiedenbach says. “This leads to a cycle of further tightening, inflammation, and pain. Pain can occur at the trigger point and in other areas of the body.” For example:
- “Upper crossed syndrome” from sitting hunched over a keyboard, with shoulders rounded forward, results in pain in the neck and shoulders.
- “Lower crossed syndrome” from prolonged sitting leads to low pain and/or sciatic pain.
- “BlackBerry elbow” from texting or using a mouse, results in pain in the elbow and sometimes the wrist.
Wiedenbach advises desk athletes to 1) Massage the appropriate trigger point using a golf ball or tennis ball; 2) Stretch the strained muscle (agonist); and 3) Strengthen the opposing muscle (antagonist) using a simple exercise band. “These exercises can stop RSI in its tracks,” he says.
The website http://www.thedeskathlete.com has additional information and resources relating to RSI as well as Wiedenbach’s "The Desk Athlete" DVD.
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