The pain of being an office worker
All jobs come with their different challenges. And whatever your job may be, it’s likely that it places demands on you that you weren’t evolved to perform.
These days office workers work harder than ever before and in environments that, frankly, don’t really suit you. You’re built to walk, to reach, to move in various ways. Not to sit for long periods of the day, bent over a desk with your arms outstretched over a keyboard and a phone cradled against your ear.
Neither were you designed to run for a train in high heels or sit (worse still, stand) squashed in a space you can’t move in for the long train journey to London. And let’s not get started on the other joys of commuting such as shouldering heavy bags and bending your neck over your tablet.
If you’re lucky enough to have avoided the commute by home working, this comes with its own perils that can cause you pain and discomfort. Working on the sofa or at the dining table on a laptop rather than a proper PC has seen more than a few patients come to the clinic for a much-needed loosening up.
I feel your pain, I really do
I’ve been where you are (well maybe not the high heels). For many years I worked in an office in Brighton. I know the demands you’re under. The discomfort and fatigue that comes from long hours sitting, how difficult it is to find time to stretch or exercise during the day, how stressful it can be – the workload, the deadlines, the long hours and that feeling of fighting the tide, constantly.
I also know that all those factors can have a significant effect on your physical wellbeing. If you’ve got any of the following symptoms, there’s a strong chance that your lifestyle and your working environment are either the cause or an aggravating feature:
– upper back tightness
– general stiffness and discomfort
– shoulder and neck pain and tightness
– a feeling of heaviness across the shoulders
– clicking and crunching when you move the neck
– or a constant need to click the neck yourself
– shoulder pain and difficulties with movement
– tennis elbow
– hip and knee pain
It’s emotionally charged stuff
Sadly, physical pain can eventually affect your mental wellbeing as well as your enjoyment of life. I remember all too well the emotional impact that ongoing low-level pain, stiffness and discomfort or acute flare ups of pain can have. It can make you feel old, tired, annoyed and frustrated. Or, it can just make you feel resigned to the situation: that this is your lot from now on in and there’s no going back. How depressing.
And it’s just one of the reasons I’ve spent the last 12 years focussing on the demands placed on office workers and how I can help.
So, I’m going to help you do something about it
I know you’re time-poor. I know getting to an appointment can be difficult when you commute. So, I’m going to start by writing a series of blogs about some of the aspects of office life which cause the most common problems (and symptoms), how you can help yourself and how osteopathic treatment could help you too.
I’ll look at the environment itself, the nature of the job and the problems that this can set up in the body, so that you can identify which situation might be the one you’re in. And of course, I won’t just be looking at the problems, I’ll be looking at the solutions too.
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Sometimes, it’s just taking the first step or a small step in the right direction that can make the biggest difference. It’s time to start walking.