Work Strain

Osteopaths are skilled at discovering underlying causes of pain.
Based on a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology they use their hands both to gain information and to treat injuries to the ligaments, muscles and joints.

An osteopath may also advise on correct posture and movement and can give instruction on back care and preventative exercises.

Common problems

Significant groups of illnesses due to work are disorders of the muscles, tendons and joints (particularly in the back, hands and arms). Symptoms vary from mild aches and pains to severe pain and disability.

Caused by manual handling and lifting 

  • Muscle and tendon injuries
  • Invertebral disc lesions (‘slipped disc’)
  • Sciatica

Caused by forceful repetitive movements

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tensosynovitis
  • Peritendinitis
  • Epicondylitis (‘tennis elbow’)

Caused by unsuitable posture

  • Low back pain
  • Neck and shoulder pain

What your osteopath needs to know

To reach a full diagnosis, your osteopath will need to know about your job:-

  • Is your work repetitive?
  • Do you have much heavy lifting?
  • Do you have to bend frequently?
  • Do you have to work in an awkward posture?
  • Does your work involve frequent finger, hand or arm movements?
  • Do you have any work breaks?
  • Are you working in bad light conditions?
  • Do you sit down at work and for how long?
  • Do you spend a great deal of your day on the telephone?
  • Are you expected to work to deadlines?
  • Of the tasks you perform, which cause you the most discomfort?


For the employee

  • Many people consult an osteopath privately.
  • Many private health insurance schemes now give benefit for osteopathic treatment (discuss the details with your company).
  • You do not need to consult your GP before you visit an osteopath although you may choose to do so.


For the employer

  • For years, a number of large companies have retained osteopaths as part of their permanent company health teams. Many smaller companies have also benefited from liaison with their local osteopaths.
  • Having an osteopath involved in your staff care programmes can lead to a fitter, more productive workforce, improved morale, increased productivity and less time off through musculoskeletal ill-health.