Office worker, Julie*, was experiencing shoulder pain and frequent aching in her neck especially when working on a computer, which often escalated into a tension headache. Julie was also a keen cyclist and found that this sometimes caused exacerbation of her symptoms.
After examining Julie, I found that muscles around her neck, upper back and chest were tight. I discussed my findings with Julie and suggested a treatment plan which aimed to alleviate the muscle tightness whilst improving her work and cycling posture.
I used a variety of treatment techniques, which included soft tissue massage, Muscle Energy Techniques (METs), which involve stretching a muscle after it has been contracted, Strain-counter-strain, which is a gentle technique aimed at reducing pain in the affected area and finally, High Velocity Thrusts (HVTs), aka ‘clicking’ and joint mobilisation.
Unfortunately, desk based posture can lead to rounded shoulders and a forward head posture, which needs to be addressed to ensure that results from the treatment were maintained. After discussing the ergonomics of Julie’s desk set up and clarifying that it had been assessed, I provided her with an exercise programme aimed at strengthening weak muscles and stretching those that were being regularly contracted.
*Patient identity has been changed to protect confidentiality.
Since receiving Osteopathic treatment I’ve felt a big reduction in the level of pain in my neck and shoulder and also have had a lot less headaches. I am now much more comfortable during my work. I'm rarely troubled with pain outside of work and feel much more positive that I can get help in dealing with pain through osteopathy. My enthusiasm to go cycling has returned with the reduction in neck pain. Julie, 1st May 2016