Problems related to work such as Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI) are becoming increasingly prevalent and account for a significant portion of days missed at work.When we are just sitting at a desk, our spine and back muscles are working to support us and most people will experience postural related pain at some point which can generally be relieved by rest or change in position. However, over time if these same poor postures continue then pain occurs, which is a sign of postural stress that may require treatment to resolve.
Posture pain & muscular stress
The design of some equipment and furniture used in work readily causes muscular stress. Most damage that we do to our joints and muscles is cumulative as a result of repeated small stresses (e.g. repetitive use of a screw driver or computer mouse puts stress on the muscles of the arm that twist the wrist leading to tennis elbow).
More intense manual work can lead to further muscular and bony stress, for example when the vertebral bodies are continually made to bear uneven stresses by being loaded more heavily on one side compared to the other with jobs that involve lifting.
Osteopathy for Employer & Employees
Many companies have benefited from utilising our osteopathic knowledge at the Mersea Road Clinic in Colchester and understanding of work related injuries to improve the working environment and employee health. As well as relieving muscular imbalances and work related restrictions, osteopaths can advise you on posture and lifestyle as well as prescribe exercises and offer rehabilitation from injury. If you would like to know more about how osteopathy can help you, or you are an employer and would like osteopathic treatment to be made available to your workforce, please contact one of our Osteopaths with the team of practitioners at the Mersea Road Osteopathic Clinic in Colchester for an honest opinion and more information.