Why does back pain occur at work?
Lower back pain affects 8 out of 10 people at some point in their life, from poor posture to trapped nerves and muscular spasm to prolapsed disc problems.
Employees can spend up to 9 hours a day at their workstation. If they are seated during this period the support muscles in the spine can switch off, as well as those in the legs. This places a large amount of pressure on the spine to support the weight of the torso as the forces are not being distributed throughout the muscles.
The lower back (or lumbar spine) is the focal point of the weight of the torso, arms and head as well as the impact forces that are transmitted through the knees when walking. As the most stable structures in the midsection, the vertebral joints absorb most of the forces that are focused there. If the muscles go into a protective guarding mode, the joints can get locked up and more often than not compress the nerves that pass between the vertebral joints. This is very much like hitting the ulnar nerve or “funny bone” in your elbow and getting the feeling in your 4th and 5th fingers. The symptoms can range from anything like stiffness and soreness in the area, to pain and Sciatica into either one or both legs.
Osteopaths analyse how the spine moves as a unit and how each vertebral joint moves individually in order to create a treatment plan to remove the cause of any restrictions or pain. We use chair massage, soft tissue massage and articulatory techniques in order to release any guarding muscles, as well as manipulation if we deem it necessary, to free up the joints themselves.
The industries with the highest estimated prevalence rate (according to the HSE 2013/2014) are those of specialised construction and human health and residential care. For a health professional this is not surprising, given that the former profession involves heavy machinery that is built for purpose and often not ergonomy. The latter profession also frequently involves lifting the charges of the health workers, such as the disabled or elderly. Safety and lifting procedures are often lacking for the aforementioned workers.
Surprisingly, however, health professions are among the highest occupations with the highest estimated back disorder prevalence rate, along with skilled construction trades, caring services and agricultural trades. The common theme each of these occupations is that of a high demand of physical strain placed upon the body.
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Matt has made such a positive change to my day to day life. I can’t recommend him enough.
After the first visit I could already notice improvement. I sleep better, I’m happier and I can’t remember the last time I got stuck because my hip clicked and I was in pain unable to move.
He is an amazing professional and I can’t thank him enough.
Graphic Designer, Kreatif Design
After the first treatment by Matt on my shoulder today it honestly feels like he removed my shoulder and replaced it with a brand new one. After 3 years of constant pain and issues, I will be booking him in for a full course of treatments.
To know and trust a good Osteopath is like gold dust – Matt is gold dust! I cannot thank him enough for seeing me at short notice, diagnosing my condition within minutes (such a relief) and then firstly, stopping the pain and giving me movement back and secondly, making me 100% fit again, in such a short period of time too.
Personnel Manager, Microsoft
I contacted Matt when I had frozen shoulder. It was making everything from driving to sitting at the computer almost unbearable. I had two treatments and the effect was almost instant. Immediately movement was restored to my shoulders and pain was reduced. After the second treatment I was back to normal. I have since used Matt on a number of occasions to release back tension and pain. Matt is a very thorough and knowledgeable person. He obviously knows his trade and is very considerate.
Asater Consultancy Services Ltd
I would like to recommend Matt of Office Osteopaths. Matt has been treating my
husband for a while now who suffers from an old back injury and being self-employed he cannot afford to take time out of the working day to see an osteopath, nor can he afford to have time off with a bad back. Matt is a genuinely nice bloke, very professional and very informative with regards to diagnosis and treatment.
Manager, Hedgehogs Gardening Services
I had a seven day migraine – a record for me. Grim days. But, thanks to my brilliant osteopath, Matt Devonport, who gave me one 45 minute treatment… it’s completely gone today, even been gardening and not one twinge. Such a relief, I have my life back! Many thanks Matt, can’t believe how much better my neck, back, and head feel.
White Horse Consultancy Services
I could not recommend Matt highly enough. He really is an osteopath who actually cares and hesitates to leave until he knows he has made a difference to your problem. I have constant desk-related tension in my neck and shoulders and after a Matt visit they feel completely freed. Matt is also great company and incredibly friendly who really does go above and beyond what is expected of him. I hope to have Matt treat me for many years to come.
Absolute god send! I’ve suffered with lower back pain for years and never thought it could be fixed, but just after a few sessions the pain was gone! I have complete mobility and don’t have to worry about bending over or carrying heavy things anymore. I can honestly say that Osteopathy is the way forward!
Tech Support, IT Company
The treatment and service provided was very professional, thorough and I was given a full explanation of the treatment I would receive. It was also explained how I could help myself in the future. I would highly recommend Matt and thank him for the treatment he provided to me.
Great customer service – Very flexible and accommodating with availability at short notice – Very knowledgeable – Couldn’t recommend highly enough.
As a photographer my day to day job requires a lot of bending, kneeling and leaning over and then many hours sat at a computer. I know that my issue has been building over some time, resulting in it going completely. Thankfully Matt was amazing and really put me back on track quickly. I will definitely be recommending him to others and calling him again if it starts to feel like it is going again or giving me bother. Thank you for the great service.
Today Matt came to treat me for a frozen shoulder and ongoing back pain. Matt coming to treat me at the house took so much pressure off me trying to drive whilst in agony. I couldn’t type on my laptop before he worked on me ..He went the extra mile and is amazing.,Not only did he cure my back pain he gave me good advice and reassurance on how to manage my shoulder when I thought there was little hope of of it ever going away. He combines a professional approach with warm and kindness creating a relaxed atmosphere. I would highly recommend Matt. Thank you!
For many years now I have lived with a very painful shoulder – painful to the point that most nights I would wake up in so much pain that I could not move my arm. “I’ll just have to live with it” I thought, “take a few pain killers, that’s life, bits wear out”.
Not so, according to my daughter, "Contact Matt, he can do some amazing things with shoulder pain", so, "nothing lost / nothing gained, I’ll give it a go" I thought.
Matt came round and worked a bit of his magic, and since that first one hour session I have not awoken once in the night with a painful arm / shoulder.
A great guy who really knows his job, and I would not hesitate in recommending him to anyone in need of an Osteopath – thanks Matt!