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From my observations it would appear that the main factors in giving an increased likelihood for RSI fall into the following categories:
Musculo-skeletal factors consist of the shortening and tightening of any or all of the following trigger areas:
All of these areas must be examined thoroughly for any hypertonus (tension) and deficient ranges of movement where the joints are involved.
The trained hand will know precisely where these areas are and then with the right skills, 'undo' them. The skills needed are primarily the educated sense of touch, like a potter or pianist, and then the techniques to do something about what you find.
The most commonly involved trigger areas are in the deep extensors and flexors of the wrist and fingers as well as the muscles of the Thenar eminence (thumb). This is most evident in cases where the use of a mouse and typing have over-tightened the deep extensor tendons, the deep flexor tendons and the thumb muscles. These, in order of appearance constitute the basic building block of RSI of the forearm and hands.
When you add in the all too common shoulder and neck tension patterns, you will become very likely to suffer from RSI.