"Wrench Out" Repetitive Stress Injury With Exercise

by Uma Campbell

Do you live to work, or work to live?

For many of us, our learned trades sustain our lifestyles. We can take great pride in our craft and finished products. However, our professions often entail hours of work, standing on our feet while performing the same tasks over and over while using many handheld tools.

In fact, according to OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) repetitive stress and strain injuries are the number one job hazard and cost companies billions of dollars every year.

The Problem with Repetitive Movements

Think about the movements you perform every day. Every time you use an impact drill, angle a piece of wood through a scroll saw or reach above our heads to tighten a bolt we are using specific groups of muscles, tendons, bones, nerves, and joints over and over. As days, months, and years pass, you can develop or build up repetitive strain injuries from overusing these select body areas.

This can result in limited mobility, trouble moving joints, pain, and even disability in the long-term unless we take proactive measures today by implementing exercises to help relieve stressed body parts.

No job is immune to repetitive stress! Whether you work on the shop floor of a manufacturing plant, own a construction business, enjoy woodworking on the weekends or even spend house working on quotes or plans at a desk, many of us are at risk for overusing certain body parts in our jobs.

These motions can result in injuries with the accompanying symptoms:

5 Exercises To Overcome Repetitive Strain

If we fail to use the appropriate muscles or adjacent body parts correctly, we might not be able to restore the normal use of these muscles later down the road. Unfortunately, many of us find it difficult to find the time, money, or energy to spend priceless hours in the gym, visiting a physical therapist, or taking fitness classes. After all, we are already balancing our home lives with busy work schedules. Those reasons alone are why it is essential to take advantage of exercises today to avoid repetitive strain injuries from occurring.

Listed below are 5 inexpensive and simple straight-forward exercises that can reduce the risk or likelihood of suffering from repetitive strain injuries:

Looking Ahead

Our jobs and hobbies play an essential role in our lives. However, it is important that we take a few minutes everyday to prevent them from ruining our ability to enjoy life. What tips do you have for reducing the risk of repetitive strain injury?