Back pain affects most people at one time or another. In the UK, it is the leading single reported cause of absence from work, and the primary cause of disability.
Almost half the adult population report low back pain lasting for at least a day each year, and it’s estimated that up to 80% will experience back pain lasting more than a day at some point during their life.
Back pain is most common in people with skilled manual, partly skilled or unskilled jobs. Many jobs can cause back problems without involving any form of traumatic injury.
These include (but are not limited to):
• Driving a vehicle or train, or operating a piece of machinery such as a crane or bulldozer
• Work involving intensive use of the telephone without a headset
• Computer-based work
• Supermarket cashiers
People with severe, persistent low back pain or chronic repetitive strain injury may complain of continuous pain if not treated promptly and effectively. This is likely to lead to time off work, which – if it continues – may result in dismissal.
How we can help
The osteopathic care we provide can lead to a fitter workforce with improved morale, which in turn helps to
increase productivity and reduce time off due to ill health.
Our treatment programmes can also lessen the degree of work-related pain people experience, and reduce the number of instances of disability, stress, tension and depression.
We work with companies of all sizes, but in larger businesses, such as at Honda in Swindon, we are often retained as a part of the company’s medical team.
Some of our work is involved in the prevention of problems, but where people do encounter problems, we aim to ensure that they can continue working, or that they can return to work as soon as possible. As a result, we have helped many businesses to considerably reduce the costs incurred through work-related illness and lost productivity.
To receive further information about osteopathy in the workplace, or to discuss your business’ requirements, simply call or email one of our clinics and we’ll be happy to help.