The standard method for treating most pain is limited

Most people seeking osteopathic treatment are suffering from what is known as non-specific pain.  This is pain that has not come from any particular injury.  It may have happened suddenly, like when your back ‘goes’, but unremarkably.  It may have happened a long time ago and should have resolved by now.  In these incidences, there is most likely nothing medically wrong.  There is no serious pathology.  In fact, this is the case for about 95% of people with low back pain.  Mainstream medicine looks for specific causes of pain so they can identify the best treatment.  But what if your pain is not caused by anything specific?  The cause of your pain is most likely to be unconscious behavioural compensations or habits.  The treatment for this is allowing you to realise these compensations, remove them and return to normal.  My techniques are the most scientifically proven to achieve this goal.  So for up to 95% of people with back pain they will b,e remarkably effective.

For more about osteopathy in general, my take on it and why being outside the mainstream is beneficial click here.

for Occupational Health

The incidence of back pain (and other mechanical pains) is not reducing.  It may be increasing.  Especially for those who work in an office all day or in a manual job.  Data from the HSE say that injuries at work are on the decline but no fewer people are in pain.  So the shift in pain is towards those not caused by a specific injury.  They are non-specific or mechanical pains and are caused by repeated low level stresses and strains throughout the working day.

There are guidelines and best practise advice about sitting posture and lifting technique.  All employees are required by law to have some sort of desk assessment or manual handling training.  The current advice is clearly not working.  I believe this is because guidelines are written for everyone and don’t take into account individuality.

Also, they are based on outdated theories about the cause of pain.  All the best evidence shows no link between posture and the cause of pain.  You can align everyone’s work station perfectly or you can ensure everyone keeps their spine straight and bends their knees as much as you like but you won’t effect the incidence of pain.  As demonstrated by the inability of current guidelines and legislation to reduce pain in the workplace.

What will help is if the employee understands the strains they are putting themselves through every day and the best ways as in individual to reduce these strains.  I teach you how to be comfortable at work.  Not what you think is comfortable – what is actually comfortable.

I provide a unique range of prevention and treatment options that are cost-effective, educational and flexible.  They exceed the Health and Safety at Work requirements to be actually effective.

I have daily experience of how the body is effected by the strains of working.  I am trained to the highest standard and use the most up to date understanding of musculo-skeletal health to keep your workforce fit and your workplace up to date with government legislation.

I am here to treat your staff, not assess them.