“Osteopathy is an investment in you and our focus is not to have our patients in all the time. It’s to actually give them the tools to move forward and look after themselves to ensure that they’re living a healthy, active, and happy life…”
AUTHOR: Dr Nicole Bates
Although it’s not something we tend to sit and think about often, the lifestyle habits that are adopted in the early years of a person’s life play a big part in how their body declines as it ages.
So many people spend their 9 to 5 sedentary, in front of a computer. So many of the young professionals we see are carrying a lot of neck pain and associated headaches that are generally associated with neck stiffness and tightness from sitting in front of a computer for the better part of their day.
Mobile phones are also having a huge impact, with the natural position when using the device to be hunched over and with the head down. This type of poor posture is having long-term consequences that many people simply don’t think about or understand.
Ideally, the younger we can get people in to address these issues the better. It’s actually a lot easier to break bad habits earlier on in the piece as opposed to towards the end of their career when everything’s stiffer and much of the long-term damage has been done.
I encourage my younger patients to be more mindful of their posture and help them to understand that they need to find time to get away from the desk, have healthy lifestyle habits outside of work, as well help them to focus on stretching and strengthening to enable them to live a comfortable life and not end up like Quasimodo from sitting at a desk over the course of their career..
Within our patients who are young professionals, we see a lot of neck pain and headaches that are generally associated with neck tightness and stiffness. We also tend to see general shoulder pain not necessarily from injury, but just from poor posture and if it’s been going on long enough, they’ll start having symptoms down the arms, which can be very alarming and very uncomfortable.
Another common complaint we see is around lower back pain from people being stuck in bad seats all day, not getting up enough and just generally tired and achy muscles around the lower back and pelvis.
Although seeing an Osteopath may seem like an upfront cost that isn’t a “must do”, at the end of the day the longer that you leave something, the harder it is going to be to reverse. So even if you’re putting off spending money now, down the track you are going to be spending a lot more money, a lot more frequently to try to get back to a good normal range of health.
In the grand scheme of things, an appointment with an osteopath is the equivalent to a nice dinner and drinks with your friends, or a night out on the town. And that’s just for a few hours of entertainment.
Osteopathy is an investment in you and our focus is not to have our patients in all the time. It’s to actually give them the tools to move forward and look after themselves to ensure that they’re living a healthy, active, and happy life.
Health and wellbeing is something that everyone should be investing in, because there’s nothing better than a body that moves and works well for you.
About the Author:
Dr Nicole Bates (Osteopath)
App Sci (Comp. Med), M. Ost
Dr Nicole Bates has spent the past 12+ years of practice working all around Australia and alongside some of the nation’s most highly regarded osteopaths. Nicole has had many experiences which have shaped her practice of Osteopathy to what it is today.
Whilst still having a strong structural foundation to treatment, Nicole has also continued professional development in Cranial and Biodynamic ﬁelds of osteopathy. Her treatments vary for each and every body.