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1] Patient Recommendation

These are providers suggested by patients, either directly to me by e-mail or to the public on Internet newsgroups and mailing lists. Your favorable recommendations, and any other hints about finding good RSI care, can be e-mailed (names, city, office phone numbers) to me .

ONLY THE HEALTH CARE PROVIDER'S INFORMATION will be added to this list; each contributors' name and e-mail address will be stripped out and permanently discarded to maintain privacy.

NOTE: I've received a very few complaints that one or more of the practices listed here were not helpful or made things worse. IF THIS HAPPENS TO YOU PLEASE CONTACT ME SO I CAN REMOVE THE LISTING HERE. What one patient hath recommended, another can "unrecommend". But I will not be posting comments about specific bad doctors for reasons of liability.

2] Self Referred

These are practitioners who have represented to me that they are knowledgable about RSI and related ailments and experienced in their treatment. As with the Patient Recommendations, I have only the word of the contributor to go by. The people listed here have simply convinced me that they might be a better place to start than a provider picked out of the blue.

3]MSM Appendix B

These are reproduced with permission from Appendix B of the excellent book: THE MUSICIAN'S SURVIVAL MANUAL: A Guide to Preventing and Treating Injuries in Instrumentalists. by Richard Norris, M.D. International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians, 1993. ISBN 0-918812-74-7 MMBMUSIC,INC. Many instrumentalists' injuries described therein are very similar to typing RSIs, and practitioners treating them should be able to help computer users as well. Thanks to Dr. Rob Maher for scanning this appendix, and especial thanks to Dr. Norris for his permission to reproduce it.

The preface to this appendix carries the following comments by Dr. Norris: "The following list of clinics was compiled from various journal newsletter, and conference sources. It is intended for informational use only and does not imply any endorsement by the author. The clinics are listed alphabetically by state, followed by foreign clinics Please note that some of these facilities are full-service clinics, while others are primarily referral services. For further information, please contact the specific clinic."


This is the Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics. Their web site contains a list with many more details about these individual clinics. I have only reproduced the basic contact information here, and only for those clinics that list expertise in musculoskeletal problems. I cannot claim that all such clinics are competent and effective in treating RSI, but they are, at least, more likely to be aware of RSIs and experienced in addressing them, than the "average" general practitioner.

5] Hellerworker trained by Sharon Butler

Sharon Butler is the author of "Conquering Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Other Repetitive Strain Injuries: A Self-Care Program ". She writes: "The Hellerwork technique for releasing soft tissue injury is the best I've seen yet - and I've seen a lot of it in my 10 years doing this work. At the same time, Hellerworkers are skilled in teaching clients about making effective changes in how the body is used, how to avoid future soft tissue injury by using the body in a structurally balanced way, etc. In addition to being the best form of myofascial release available (in my opinion), it can also be some of the most effective ergonomic education as well. . . . Not all Hellerworkers will be adept at treating patients with RSI, just as not all Physical Therapists are successful with RSI. It is up to the patient to ask the therapist beforehand if they have any experience in this area. I saw the need to create a continuing education program for Hellerworkers so they could help more people around the country with their RSI injuries . . . They would be a great place to start if you choose Hellerwork as a form of treatment for your RSI." You can learn more about Hellerwork by checking out their web page.

6] Bonnie Prudden Myotherapist

Bonnie Prudden Myotherapy is a technique of relieving trigger points, muscle spasm, and pain through localized pressure. Some RSI patients have found it effective as part of their recovery. The names here were provided to me with this statement: "This list is comprised of Certified Bonnie Prudden Myotherapists (C.B.P.M.s). The C.B.P.M.s on this list have completed an intensive 1300 hour certification course, passed board examinations and are required to complete a 45 hour update every two years to retain their Certification as a Bonnie Prudden Myotherapist." More information can be found at the Web Site of Prudden's institute, including an list of practitioners.