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What is Occupational Health?

Many of the aches and pains we experience may be caused or influenced by poor postures and repetitive tasks performed at work or home. These are commonly known as RSI problems and most commonly affect the neck and arms. Strain affects both nerves and muscles, and symptoms can vary between individuals depending on their overall health, age, and ability to heal.
These sometimes complex problems require detailed and thorough examination which is essential to ensure correct treatment.
Such problems may affect health, motivation and productivity and can also contribute to high stress levels.


Typical examples include:

  • Shoulder impingment syndrome

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

  • Tennis/Golfers elbow

  • Neck and back pain

  • Sore and aching joints

  • Eye strain and headaches

  • pins and needles or numbness in hands and fingers


  • Work related illness is responsible for over 3.7 million working days lost each year, according to the Health and Safety Executive.
    It is the legal responsibility of an Employer to provide a 'safe' working environment for their Employees. However,it is also the responsibility of the Employee to look after their own health and avoid unnecessary strain.

    Once your physical problem has been addressed it is essential to reduce the stresses and strains from poor postures/workstations etc that caused it to reduce the possibility of the problem returning.

    How do I know how to set up my workstation correctly to avoid strain?

    Useful links for office ergonomics

    click www.osmondgroup.co.uk
    click Spine-health.com
    click www.hse.gov.uk
    clickwww.posturite.co.uk

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    Beckenham Physiotherapy Clinic offers a range of services:

  • 'Fit to work' Workshops - User friendly and individually tailored to meet the needs of employees. Ideal for small companies.


  • Musculoskeletal assessments - examination of an employee to identify causes of symptoms and advise on their treatment and management.


  • Ergonomic workplace assessments - assessing the workplace and working practices for 'risk' and advising on necessary change or adaptation to improve safety and meet HSE guidelines.


  • Physiotherapy treatment - appropriate 'hands on' treatment to relieve symptoms and enable a speedy recovery and return to full function at work.
    On occasions a graded return to work may be advised and would be implemented and monitored by liasing with employee and employer.

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