Whether it’s in an office or on a worksite, the modern workplace often involves long periods of sitting or daily repetition of manual tasks. These recurring movement patterns put stress on the body that can lead to headaches, neck and back pain, pins and needles, sore joints, or task-related issues such as carpal tunnel and repetitive strain injury (RSI).
Your body craves variation in movement. If your job requires you to sit for long periods, take a short break every 20-minutes to get the blood flowing and stretch out your muscles.
Too much coffee and not enough water is often an underlying factor in unexplained back pain. When you’re dehydrated, your spine compresses slightly which can put pressure on your vertebrae. Poor diet can also contribute to workplace fatigue and pain, so improving your diet is a good place to start.
An osteopath can help you get ‘fit for work’ by finding the root cause of your discomfort before applying osteopathic techniques to relieve pain and prevent reoccurrences. This may involve manipulation, soft tissue massage, setting up your workstation ergonomically, daily stretches, or the integration of more physical activity into your lifestyle.