If you commonly use a mouse, try swapping the mouse to the other side. Strange but you'll quickly adapt and feel the benefits!
What you need to know
Receptionists, students, writers/bloggers, IT consultants - whoever you are, if you spend long periods of time at a desk you've probably felt neck, back or arm pain of some kind.
Commonly described as a dull ache, burning or nagging pain, desk-related pain builds up over time the longer you spend at a desk.
Here at Optimal Osteopathy, we often pin point the computer mouse and the Trapizus muscle (pictured left) as a factors in many peoples pain.
Here is how you can avoid the mouse trap(izus).
Why do I feel neck/back/arm pain?
The Trapizus muscle is a large, broad muscle which attaches to many points of your neck, back, ribcage, shoulder blades and shoulder - making it an important muscle when operating a mouse.
Because of its broadness, the Trapizus, as well as other muscles of the neck, back and arms, can become 'overused' and 'fatigued'. Although its considered as a minor task, it can quickly become a repetitive strain.
Sometimes, particular nerves which come from the neck and travel into the arm and hand can become inflamed and irritated due to prolonged or repetitive use of a mouse called Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
What can you do about it?
There are many things your Osteopath can do to highlight the structures which are causing your desk-related pain. These include taking a case-history, asking questions about your desk setup and identifying if there are any nerves, muscles or joints contributing to your pain.
After examination, your osteopath will help to ease off tight and tender muscles, allow stiff joints to move more freely and aid in the body working better as a unit.
We will also give you advise on how you can improve your desk-posture, desk layout as well as an exercise plan. All to help reduce your symptoms.
I can't just stop working at my desk!
The key to minimising the symptoms of desk-related pain is to keep on top of it through hands-on manual treatment, exercise and desk-stretches.
After a short cluster of sessions, we typically recommend visiting for 'maintenance treatment' every 4-6-8 weeks.
If you are struggling with desk-based pain and want to manage it, we can help in the best way we know how.
Book online by clicking the link below or call 02920 564111.