On today’s episode Heath Williams and I explore a common presentation we see in practice:

Recurrent pain/tightness/stiffness across the upper traps and neck. Patients often have relief following treatment, but it builds up again. How can we promote self efficacy and get longer lasting results? What are the underlying factors playing a role? Is it weakness of the upper traps? What role can desk ergonomics play? Is it weakness of the cuff or cervical stabilisers leading to overload of other muscles? 

With a background in osteopathy, strength and conditioning, ergonomics and OHS, Heath gives us his perspective on this presentation. 

We discuss:

Heath’s approach to examination.

Considerations when prescribing exercises and movement strategies.

How to best engage the patient in interventions.

Biopsychosocial considerations.

Ergonomic contributing factors and actionable tips we can implement with patients. 

Standing desks and working from home ergonomics. 

Heath’s practice Principle Four Osteopathy offers: 


Strength and conditioning

Ergonomic workplace assessments

Workshops and online education

Shockwave therapy

Telehealth appointments



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