We’ve all done it, whether it be sitting on the sofa with the laptop on your knee, sitting at work for ‘just 10 minutes’ in a chair which doesn’t fit the desk, or even helping the kids with their homework whilst doing a million other things. Because life just has to go on, our bodies are pushed to the max, leaving us in positions that apply a huge amount of stress to the muscles and joints. Postural issues are commonly treated at the practice and by just making a few changes to your life and becoming ‘aware’, these can all help to reduce your pain. Symptoms that may mean that you are suffering with a postural, RSI (repetitive strain injury) can include:
- Dull ache in the neck or upper limb that may become sharp on certain movements
- Pins and needles into the arm or hands
- Worse throughout the day or for activity
How Osteopathy Can Help
When you visit the practice with upper limb pain/ repetitice strain injuries, we will first ask you a full medical health questionnaire regarding your region of pain, your health and your previous medical history. If you have any previous or current MRI’s or X-ray results we will assess those too.
We will then progress on to examination, which will involve loooking at the whole of the body, not just the arm, so please wear appropriate underwear so we can see how your body moves as a whole. The aim of the examination is to evaluate what works and what doesn’t. This is done by asking you to move and by us moving you. When a diagnosis is gathered we will advise you of how we think we can help you and if appropriate commence with treatment there and then. Osteopathy uses gentle techniques such as mobilisation, massage, stretching and manipulation. It is likely that you will be sent home with some exercises too to continue the good work at home.
It is common for people to feel some relief after their first treatment at the practice, however for people with acute/ short term pain it is common to have a few visits with us, where as long term issues such as chronic pain or degeneration is is usual that a longer treatment plan will be needed to address the problem efficiently.