RSIA AGM 1997

Give the RSIA a ring for more details; it’s at one of the Methodist churches in Nottingham – so no booze! I don’t have the newsletter to hand. The speaker from Leicester Uni. is talking about research into wrist pain. I will not be going this year as it would take too long for me to get there – I can’t sit for more than an hour without the nerves to my hands playing up. So someone else will have to write us a report!

Comment 1: If anyone does go, and feels like posting a report, I think we’d all find it interesting. Sorry about your nerve problems. What diagnosis have you had for that?

Comment 2: The problem with my nerves to hands manifests itself thus: If I drive it’s OK – though my arms/shoulders feel pretty knackered after about an hour if I drive to work, about 1.5 hours if I drive somewhere else (must hate work) If I am being driven or I sit on a train, aeroplane, coach etc. after about an hour the palms of my hands start to tingle and they go all blotchy – red and white. Eventually they will go a bit puffy. When I get up and move around they get better. My GP thought it was a contact irritant eg cuprunol wood preservative as it first happened after I had done some DIY. As it happens just through sitting still in a car it’s not the cuprunol. My physio thinks it is the sympathetic nervous system (which controls the blood supply to the hands, whether you sweat or not etc.) being aggravated by my posture – the muscles in the back/shoulders. Sitting in a car as a passenger wearing a seat belt is about as static as you can get! The fix is to do the AMT stretches and keep the upper back mobile. The particular exercise I have to do is:

  1. Sit on a solid surface.
  2. Put your left hand on your right shoulder, right hand on your left shoulder.
  3. Twist your shoulders round anti-clockwise as far as they will go, keeping your head at 90 degrees to a line running through your shoulders i.e. your head turns with your shoulders.
  4. While twisted, lower your left shoulder and raise your right shoulder, keeping your head at 90 degrees to the line through your shoulders, i.e. tilt it over with your shoulders but don’t dip it towards the left shoulder.
  5. Unwind and do it in the opposite direction.
  6. Repeat several times.

The idea is to twist the top of the spine round as far as it will go, then tilt the shoulders over as far as they will go. This will maintain the flexibility of the top of the spine. Most people with RSI have a stiff upper back so you should all be doing this exercise (check with your physio first though! <– my medical disclaimer)

Comment 3: If your physio thinks the sympathetic nervous system is involved, maybe you should ask your GP to refer you to a neurologist? It sounds pretty severe. Good exercise you described. I also do twisting exercises and find that they help a lot.


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