Last time we asked what you thought was the most common occupational health disorder.  And the results are in. A whopping 64.5% of you clicked back pain, whilst 23.5% thought Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) and just 12% of you opted for headaches.
And while the most common musculoskeletal condition seen by GPs is indeed lower back pain, the most common work related musculoskeletal condition is actually work-related upper limb disorder (WRULD) or Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI).
RSI can affect all types of people, in all different kinds of work environments. Interestingly, especially as we’re currently in Music Festival season, it can be a particular problem for musicians. And we treat quite a few at the Practice.
So, with this in mind, in this newsletter we focus not just on RSI and how to cope with it, but also on ways to stay safe this Summer, in particular at one of the many festivals scheduled to take place. And, of course, don’t forget to scroll to take our poll!
Alison and the Surrey Physiotherapy team 

Festival Fever: Top tips for surviving the Summer …

The festival season is well and truly underway with an estimated 175,000 people attending this year’s Glastonbury to see the likes of Foo Fighters, Katy Perry, Chic, The Jacksons and Ed Sheeran perform. And with many more Summer events still to come, it’s important to recognise the potential dangers that can be associated with them, especially given the recent hot weather.
And that also applies to other Summer-style fun such as days out with the family, trips to the seaside, afternoons in the park and other events throughout the year where the weather is warm, the drinks are flowing and the atmosphere is lively!

Staying safe:

Here are our top tips for staying safe this summer and making the most of your festival experience:
  • use the highest possible SPF rated sun cream and remember to reapply;
  • use a sunhat with a wide brim;
  • wear loose comfortable clothing, layering where possible for added protection and warmth;
  • drink plenty of water;
  • take a cool box to store perishable food;
  • take your own toilet paper/sanitising wipes/gel – although, water and soap are always the best way to clean your hands;
  • wear comfortable, closed toe shoes;
  • be prepared for all weather in the British summer – rain and sun;
  • pace yourself – particularly with alcohol – avoid dehydration and intoxication – alternate alcohol with soft drinks;
  • find out where the first aid/medical tent is situated;
  • take time to sleep;
  • carry a torch or flashlight to use when it is dark.

Other dangers:

It is also important to be fully aware of the other types of dangers sometimes present at music festivals and other types of Summer events. So, here are a few tips on knowing the dangers of illegal drugs:

  • MDMA: also known as ecstasy, can cause the body to overheat – even more of a risk in hot weather and where there are levels of physical activity such as dancing. Dangerous side effects could include dehydration, low blood pressure, dizziness and loss of consciousness. Sometime users will over compensate by drinking too much water, causing sodium levels to drop which can be equally dangerous;
  • Cocaine: often used to maintain high energy levels. It is a stimulant and like ecstasy can cause dehydration. It is toxic to the heart, can cause spasm in the arteries of otherwise healthy young people and has also been linked to heart attacks;
  • Other dangers: never take pills/substances/drinks/tablets from people you do not know.

But, the most important thing by far this Summer, is that you have fun, make memories and enjoy the experiences.

Contact us for advice and guidance on any of the information in this newsletter


Taking the strain: How to cope with repetitive strain injury (RSI)

You may have heard the words Repetitive strain injury or RSI for short, but what is it really? What are the signs to look out for, and how can you learn to cope with this type of health disorder once you have it?

RSI is a general term used to describe the pain felt in muscles, nerves and tendons caused by repetitive movement and overuse. It is also known as work-related upper limb disorder (WRULD),
or non-specific upper limb pain.

But what causes RSI? What types of people suffer from the condition? How can I prevent RSI developing, and what can be done to manage it if I am diagnosed with RSI?

Read on to find the answers to these questions and more

Tulips from Amsterdam anyone?

In June, the members of our Falls Prevention class were given a pedometer to measure the collective distance they could walk as part of the Walk All Over Cancer challenge.
The Cancer Research UK challenge encouraged participants to walk 10,000 steps each day to raise money for the charity, as well as awareness of the benefits of walking.
We gave our Falls Prevention class pedometers to wear for five days, to record the number of steps they took and measure their collective distance. The last time they embarked on a challenge like this, they managed to ‘walk’ to Lands End and we were really hoping to beat that this time around.
And I’m happy to confirm that despite an exceptionally hot June, the class walked a massive 694,000 steps, or 347 miles, which is the distance from Coulsdon to Amsterdam!

Next time …

Here at Surrey Physiotherapy we are always looking for new ways to help you achieve your fitness goals and overcome any physical issue you may be facing.
With this in mind, we are currently working on a partnership with Coulsdon-based cycling shop Cycling Made Easy and will be running two 1 hour group rides with them to allow you to experience first hand the benefits of electric bikes.
The dates are:
Friday, 15th September, 10am – Road Bike
Saturday, 16th September, 10am – Mountain Bike
The rides are FREE and both will be accompanied by a member of the Surrey Physiotherapy team.  There are limited spaces so get in touch now to book your place.