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As we are all too well aware we spend a large percentage of our lives at work. It would be obvious to assume therefore that the work we do and the positions we adopt in the workplace will have a fundamental affect on our overall health and posture.

 

In 2005/06 the Health and Safety Executive estimated that 1.1 million people in Great Britain were affected by musculoskeletal disorders caused or made worse by their current or previous job.


Common problems experienced include:

For the employee:

Shoulder, neck and arm pain

Headaches

Low back pain and sciatica

Poor posture or bad lifting techniques can contribute to these daily aches and pains, whether you lift heavy loads, sit at the PC incorrectly or drive for long periods. The osteopath can not only help to alleviate the symptoms currently affecting you, but to highlight potential issues and give you helpful advice to prevent chronic future problems.

For the employer:

Osteopathy - a solution to the growing problem of musculoskeletal disorders in industry.

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are the most common occupational illness in Great Britain, affecting 1.1 million people a year. (Health and Safety Executive 2005/2006) Employers in almost every industry can expect to lose money every year, in working days lost to MSDs. The challenge for an employer is to ensure that their workplace and working practices are not an adverse influence on the health of their employees.

In order to achieve this, you may need to make changes in your workplace. However in facing this challenge, you are not alone.

Where you face the problem of employees developing MSDs, osteopathy offers the ideal solution.

Osteopathy is a safe and effective hands-on therapy, used for the treatment of "musculo-skeletal" problems, including back pain, neck & shoulder pain and headaches. An osteopath can help to ensure that your employees receive suitable treatment, at an early stage in the development of a problem, thereby ensuring that it does not develop into something more serious and disabling. Early treatment generally means an early return to work.

The Problem

The Health & Safety Executive has highlighted the importance of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). An estimated 24 million working days a year are lost to work-related MSDs. The HSE has three key messages:

It is possible to prevent or minimise MSDs

Such prevention measures are cost effective

Not all MSDs can be prevented, so early reporting of symptoms, proper treatment and

rehabilitation are essential.

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