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Whether you’re an office worker, cashier, bricklayer, plasterer, or nurse lifting heavy patients – your working environment can place considerable strain on your body.

According to UK charity BackCare, 50 per cent of office workers who use a computer say they have lower back pain, while the growing trend for home working means many people are toiling away at poorly designed work stations.

At the OCPM, 90% of the patients we see have neck problems, which often stem from poor workplace practices. Bad habits – such as cradling a telephone under your ear for instance – will increase the pressure and gradually wear away the cartilage in between the bones of your neck, leading to osteoarthritis.

Meanwhile, sitting awkwardly at your desk, working in a chair that is the wrong height or looking at a poorly positioned monitor can contribute to back and shoulder pain.

The trend to check emails on the move is not helping either. Many people spend hours a day stooped over devices such as smart-phones, tablets and laptops, which has resulted in the rise of ‘text neck’ where the shape of the body has altered due to poor posture and repetitive strain injury.

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Occupational hazards

  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Poor posture
  • Joint pain
  • Tension headaches
  • Muscle strain/eye strain
  • Repetitive strain injury
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What you can do to help:

  • Be aware of your posture at all times. Knees should be bent when lifting.
  • Speak to your employer/ occupational health department to ensure your workplace environment is ergonomically suitable
  • Sit square on to your computer – avoid working at an angle
  • Wear a headset or choose a hands free phone – do not cradle the telephone under your ear.
  • Use wrist supports to guard against RSI

To find out more about how osteopathy and pilates can reduce your risk of work related injuries, please call the clinic.

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