Question: Has anybody read a book by Timothy Jameson called RSI: the complete guide to alternative treatments and prevention?
Answer 1: I tried to get it via inter-library loans, and it hadn’t actually been published/distributed yet in the UK. I’ve tried again and am waiting to hear from British Library
Answer 2: I’ve just received one from Amazon but I haven’t got round to reading it yet (in final stages of dissertation + planning wedding = no time + big headache 😉 However, the bits I’ve skimmed looked very interesting (and not too American-focused). Good, clear diagrams and photos for the stretches etc. (Plus, the model is smiling which makes a nice change.) The chapter headings look interesting:
Answer 3: I’ve read a chunk of this book (which I got from http://www.amazon.co.uk) and found it very good. He gets a bit technical on the anatomy front but if you don’t let that worry you too much (if you’re not a medical person that is!) it certainly explains various types of RSI’s clearly. I thought his advice within the chapter “First Aid for RSI’s” was helpful except for keeping a log book, as that bit is not helpful for anyone in so much pain they can’t even write. An especially insightful section for me was entitled “Drink plenty of water!” I quote: “Muscles are composed mostly of water.
If your body is suffering from chronic dehydration (a long-term deficiency of water intake) the muscles cannot function properly. Adhesions between muscles are likely to occur. Decreased water intake predisposes you to myofascial syndromes, muscle soreness and tendon irritation. Your muscles will fatigue faster with dehydration also causing them to feel tired and heavy. Adequate water intake is almost always overlooked in books and articles relating to RSI prevention. …. “I recommend that my patients drink a glass (8-12oz) of water at least every other hour, if not every hour.”
Another aspect he talks about scared me a bit concerning the effects of lack of oxygen to tissues affected by RSI. Suffice it to say, that limiting the amount of quick repetitive movements we do is important, i.e.. We need to have adequate rest from whatever activity is causing pain. In addition to this, the general advice of doing aerobic exercise regularly is important to heed. I’m currently studying biology and was stunned to learn that when we are at rest only one in 30-40 capillaries in the muscles is open.
That means that a lot of tissue could benefit from more blood flow to aid the healing process (after a long day sitting in front of the computer). Besides, a good aerobic workout releases the endorphin which makes you feel brighter and less depressed too!