Learn more about desk related pain

Desk-related Pain

Covid 19 has changed how we work for a lot of us. Working from home has become a normal part of most peoples work lives. With it has come a lot of desk related pain and injuries, often due to non-ideal setups.

Poor desk setup? Sitting at your desk too long? Our osteopaths will determine the cause for your desk related pain, provide you with a diagnosis and give you a plan to get you working again. 

What is desk-related pain?

Desk-related pain can be quite wide ranging. Some people develop lower back pain from sitting or standing too long. Some can be shoulder or neck pain from leaning forward, or looking at odd angles for extended periods. Another common injurie can be repetitive strain injuries like tennis elbow.

They all have the commonality of being aggravated or caused by your desk position at work or home, or how you use that setup.  

Your osteopath will try to find the cause of your pain to adapt a treatment approach specific to you.

What causes desk-related pain?

Desk-related pain can be caused in multiple different ways. The 2 most common however are sitting for too long or having a poor setup while working.

The good news, both are fixable issues. Our osteopaths are trained to provide you the advice you need to alter your setup and prevent these injuries.


Possible causes

What causes your pain?

These are some of the specific conditions that impact your desk-related pain.

Postural Strain

Rib joint sprain

Tennis Elbow

Desk-ralated pain at The Osteo Collective

How we help.


Your practitioner will start by asking you questions about your pain, desk setup and use. This will be followed by a physical assessment testing the range of motion of your region of pain, palpating the surrounding muscles and performing some special tests. We will discuss with you our diagnosis and develop a plan with you to help you and your pain. 


Treatment with our osteopaths is a hands-on approach. After determining where, why and how you have developed your pain we will use a combination of soft tissue techniques, stretching, mobilisation and other joint related techniques. We also consider what you do day to day and develop a home treatment plan for you to implement. A part of this will be a plan of how to better setup and use your body while at your desk.


No one wants regular, recurring nagging chronic pain. Our exercise physiologist is the person to help with prevention. Improving your strength, function and flexibility, along with lifestyle changes will help prevent any future re-injuries. 

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