Occupational Posture

In 2008/2009, 1.2 million people suffered from work related injuries in the UK (Health and safety Executive, Statistics 2010). 44% relates to musculoskeletal injury alone, the next highest being stress and anxiety at 35%.

In 2000 40% of the European workforce spent more than 25% of their day at a computer and that is on the increase. Musculoskeletal injury in the workplace is also on the increase.

Poor posture in the workplace and specifically poor posture whilst sitting at a computer may be one of the causes of this.

Common computer based injuries may be linked with shoulder, elbow, wrist and neck and back pain. The mechanism of injury is likely to be caused by long term exposure to risk factors within the office environment resulting in cumulative trauma to those areas; I.e.: spending too long sitting in front of your computer without rest and with a poor posture.

Osteopathy can help reduce some of the symptoms caused by repetitive strains.

Further to this I can give individually tailored advice on posture to use whilst at the computer to further reduce the risk of these symptoms returning.