How do you prevent overuse syndrome?

Your doctor will likely tell you to rest any areas where you feel pain more often, while also recommending more conditioning:

  • Conditioning: Athletes typically utilize this method when they’re training, but you don’t have to be a top-notch athlete to use it. Think of yourself as an athlete. Warm up your most-used muscles before the day begins with different stretching exercises. During the day, if you need to, take breaks to rest and stretch again after excessive use of your hands and arms.
  • Gradually relaxing your muscles: When you get home from work, don't stop using your hands and arms altogether. Think about marathon runners: They always cool down following a grueling race. You should do the same with your over-worked muscles. A runner will usually walk for a few minutes following a race. Similarly, if you repeat your stretching exercises, rather than resting your hands and arms, it can help prevent the muscles from tightening up once you’ve finished using them for the day.

If you want to prevent the symptoms of overuse syndrome from coming back, you need to be aware of the early warning signs. This means resting when necessary and taking the proper precautions when you start to feel any sort of discomfort.

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