Osteopathy for Work Strain

Are you fit for work?

Millions of working days are lost each year in Britain due to occupational injuries, the vast majority being those that suffer from back pain.

Your body needs to be able to cope with the individual demands made upon it by the style of work you do, whether you are based in an office, car or outside.

Manual workers inevitably are at risk of injury caused by heavy and often awkward lifting, sometimes accompanied with poor lifting technique, overstretching, and periods of prolonged bending causing back injuries such as disc problems, sciatica and muscle strain.

In the office where desk work is more common, there are the dangers of ‘computer hump’ and ‘mouse wrist’, whilst frequent telephone use affects the neck and shoulders causing headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome etc.

Those who drive for a living need to be aware of their driving position as it affects not only their back, neck and shoulders but also can affect hips, knees and feet.

Ask an osteopath for advice on the correct driving position for you and any exercises which may help.

For the Employee

Going to an osteopath demonstrates to your boss that you are taking an active role in trying to improve your health and reduce your injury. The osteopath will help you look at the style of work you are undertaking and help you find ways of improving the situation and how to prevent a recurrence of your injuries. You will be treated and offered advice on posture and lifting.

For the Employer

Osteopathic treatment will usually help to resolve work-related injuries earlier so that your workforce is more efficient and productive and it will reduce time off through ill-health.
Some companies already benefit from using an osteopath as part of their care programme for employees thereby improving morale and increasing productivity.

Useful tips

  • Frequent short breaks away from the desk and computer will help avoid back, neck and eye strain.
  • Make sure if you are driving that you make time to stop, get out and do some brisk exercise for a few minutes every so often on a long journey.
  • When lifting at work ensure good lifting technique and judge whether you can do this safely or whether you need help.

If you require more information or would like a chat with the Osteopath to find out if you could benefit from Osteopathy please do get in touch.

01206 579 777 or email info@lexdenhealth.co.uk