Osteopathy for office workers
More and more evidence is coming to light about the association between inactivity and poor health; an internet search for ‘sitting is the new smoking’ produces a plethora of information on the subject, emphasising that sitting for prolonged periods can lead to increased risk of heart and circulatory problems, diabetes, some cancers as well as obesity.
But very little of the information available on this topic refers to musculoskeletal health, despite the fact that even with the ideal workstation set-up, sitting for extended periods can damage the health of our muscles, joints and nerves. Sitting in the same position for prolonged periods of time can lead to:
- Shortening of the muscles at the front of your hips and chest
- Overstretching and lengthening some muscles, including in the lower back
- Joint stiffness
- Adhesion or scar tissue within connective tissues and nerves
- Vertebral disc strain and increased risk of prolapsed (or slipped) disc
- Neck and back pain
- Shoulder stiffness or tiredness
- Pins and needles in hands and feet
- Repetitive strain injury
- Proneness to injury in other areas of activity including sport.
Too many people suffer in silence, assuming that these symptoms are just part and parcel of working in an office, not considering this to be an indication that your muscles, joints and ligaments are not coping well with the tasks you are asking of them. We are here to help the huge number of people who spend the majority of their time working at a computer and recommend that if you are suffering from any of the above symptoms or conditions more than one or two days a week, we would recommend you come in for an appointment; you don’t have to put up with pain or muscle tension.
Call our Balham clinc for an appointment: 020 8819 4850