Work in an office? Be sure to do to this for your back or regret it later!


I've been an accountant manager for the last 20 years. I love my 9-5 job because I interact with my long-time colleagues and the whole environment feels like another family. I would say this is the perfect job ever, if only it weren't for one thing. 


There's only one downside to my job: countless hours sitting in front of computer. Back pain is a constant problem that I have with my body. It's not a fatal issue, but it feels irritating to be desperate for massages all the time, which doesn't even unknot the tightness on my back. 


People have advised me to exercise or do yoga. But the fitness life isn't a privilege for everyone; especially if you are in your 40s with three underage children and a house to care for. It's certainly something I would want to fit in my life but I need to fix my back problems first thing first. What else is out there? 




Osteopathy probably sounds foreign in your ears, but every year, Australian osteopaths provide around 3.9 million clinical consultations. Osteopathy is a manual therapy that aims to improve health across the body systems, and it is suitable for people of all ages. 


The osteopaths mostly work on manipulation of the joints, which includes stretching and massaging. The treatment focuses on the joints, muscles, and spine, and it aims to affect the body's nervous, circulatory, and lymphatic systems. Osteopathic treatment is useful for many people because it doesn't rely on any medication - everything is all-natural. 




Some of the benefits from osteopathy include: 


  1. Decrease of tension in the body and the head. (I'm pretty sure this is something that anyone with a full-time job goes through.)
  2. Reduction of muscles pain and stiffness. (Calling a clinic now!)
  3. Improvement of the spinal health.
  4. Increase of blood circulation.
  5. Improvement of joint mobility. 




The treatment includes a range of gentle hands-on techniques to release the tension in your body, stretch your muscles, and mobilise your joints. For those with a back problem, your osteopath will assess how the joints and muscles in the spine are working and locate where the tension and tenderness come from. After that, they will look at other areas in your body and determine which one is impacting the spinal problem. 


The manual techniques in osteopathy is effective because it allows you to do your normal activities without any side effect. For those with back problems, it is better to stay active to relieve the pain. The treatment process is generally painless, but, you may experience slight discomfort during and after the treatment. 


In addition to the treatment, your osteopath may recommend home treatments to help you improve your back pain. It can be rest, heat packs, supplements, postural change, or even a light exercise and stretching plan. 




Osteopath treatment helps you understand your body and improve your health with your own body strength. That is the relationship we all need to achieve with our body. If you can already feel the pain creeping in, don't hesitate! Prevention is always better than the cure.