Sitting at a desk all day, or working with repetitive and continuous movements, can lead to recurrent headaches, neck and back pain or repetitive strain injuries. Osteopaths help you regain energy, focus and efficiency by addressing the many factors that contribute to your overall health by providing advice on exercise, nutrition and workplace posture.
Osteopaths assess for mobility and structural alignment. If a particular joint is restricted or a muscle is tight, an Osteopath works to restore the full function to these structures.It is very common in people who sit at a desk all day to have very tight shoulders and neck muscles. This can often lead to chronic pain and/or headaches. If you have a problem similar to this, your Osteopath will assess you with a range of osteopathic and orthopaedic tests, then treat you using a combination of all or many of the following: soft tissue release, joint mobilisation (muscle energy technique) and manipulation, Trigger Point Dry Needling, stretching and indirect techniques such as counterstrain, functional release and cranial osteopathy.
Skilled workers performing continuous or repetitive movements, or people who use a mouse repetitively, may sometimes experience elbow or wrist pain, often diagnosed as ‘tennis elbow’ or ‘golfers elbow’ in the forearm and elbow region. At Hitchin Osteopathy, we treat this often, and use strong soft tissue release, Trigger Point Medical Acupuncture and joint mobilization and manipulation to restore function to this area.
A common problem we often see at Hitchin Osteopathy is Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. This is when the blood vessels and nerves coming from your neck to your arm can get compressed in the shoulder area due to poor postural alignment, tight muscles and restricted joints. This can cause pain and numbness down the arm and into the hand. Osteopaths work to release the muscle tension and get the joints moving better which often results in reduced pain and numbness.
Another common problem we see in people under stress at work is TMJ (Temporo-Mandibular Joint) Dysfunction. This presents as very tight jaw muscles, difficulty chewing or opening the jaw due to pain and restriction, as well as possible headaches.
At Hitchin Osteopathy, we also offer Massage Therapy. If you are suffering from tight muscles after a tough workout or dance class, you may like to try a remedial or sports massage. Massage Therapy can really help to speed up the recovery from pain caused by lactic acid build up post exercise.
If you are suffering from tight muscles after sitting at your desk all day or if you have been out and about ‘on the tools’, you may like to try a remedial massage. A relaxation massage could also help decrease stress levels during a busy time at work.