Question: Any ideas on the benefits of weight training (light weights) on RSI. I have shoulder based RSI and I am thinking of joining a health club to increase cardiovascular fitness but also to increase strength and tone.
Answer : Strengthening RSI injured individuals too early, in my experience, only adds to the problem. Since the fatigued muscles can’t carry the conditioning load, the neighboring muscles must take on the excess weight (often in biomechanically inappropriate ways). This leads to the spread of the myofascial problem, and more symptoms. Strengthening is important, but we should do it later in our program, once the myofascial problem is released.
As well, many clinicians do not understand that the slow-twitch muscle fibers, more involved in the low-level static repetitive kinds of work done by RSI sufferers, are not as involved in many of the weight-pumping exercises prescribed by many standard rehab clinics.