Understanding Office Syndrome

Working long hours at an office can be exhausting, particularly if you’re not taking good care of yourself. Whether for lack of proper body mechanics or bad office environment, many of you may experience ailments such as headaches, back pain, neck pain, or wrist pain. This is often referred to as the “Office Syndrome”.

Pain from "Office Syndrome"

Working long hours and poor ergonomics can result in “Office Syndrome”

Signs & Symptoms of Office Syndrome

Some of the signs and symptoms include:

  • Headaches – due to stress, caffeine, eyestrain, screen glare, hunger &/or dehydration, bad posture.
  • Upper back & shoulder pain – due to bad posture, desk too high, chair too low, unsupported forearms.
  • Lower back pain – due to sitting for too long, unsupported back/torso, slouching, repetitive turning of the torso.
  • Neck pain – due to monitor too high/low, repetitive turning of the neck, holding phone between shoulder & neck.

How Osteopathic Treatment Can Help

As osteopath’s we are well versed in managing these sorts of complaints. We will identify the exact cause of your complaint and we’ll provide you with appropriate postural, ergonomic and/or behavioural advice. We are also more than happy to liaise with your workplace health and safety manager to get the best outcome for you.

An osteopathic treatment usually begins with a discussion about your presenting complaint. It is here that I begin to formulate a reason for your pain. Then, I’ll provide you with a full body examination, looking at the tone in your muscles, as well and joint movement. By considering both aspects I’ll be able to provide you with not only a diagnosis, but also a reason why you could be experiencing pain. It is the reason which is key as if we can address this then the changes of re-occurrence are greatly reduced.

If you are experiencing any of these conditions, why don’t you make an appointment. I can fully assess any issues within the body, you will receive some hands-on osteopathic care and we can formulate a management plan which will prevent such issues from recurring in the future.