Employment plays a big part in keeping us healthy – going out to work is good for us, both physically and mentally.
Common causes of sickness absence include musculoskeletal conditions such as low back pain and ‘work-relevant upper limb disorders’ like Non Specific Arm Pain. It is a myth that manual handling or repetitive movement is bad for us, but it is true that if active work is approached incorrectly, this can sometimes contribute to health conditions. Repetitive Sprain Injury can cause discomfort in the arms, wrists and shoulders. Other problems include feeling pressurised, anxious and low in mood.
Early access to physiotherapy services prevents people losing working time by providing a detailed assessment and treatment/advice to help muscles and joints remain healthy and strong. By encouraging people to concentrate on what they can do and not what they can’t do, and by recommending paying attention to what their bodies are telling them and rotating tasks and maintaining good posture, the physiotherapist will encourage an awareness of health promotion in the workplace.
Physical activity improves health and fitness bringing many benefits, enabling everyone to get the most from work and life. An active lifestyle produces more energy and boosts mood, resulting in greater alertness and higher productivity. Physiotherapists recommend that all adults should undertake 30-minutes of exercise that gets them slightly out of breath, five times a week. This can be broken up into three or four 10-minute chunks throughout the day.
Physiotherapists are experts in rehabilitation, helping people return to their normal activities after illness and injury, advising on
building easy, effective exercise plans into daily work routines which can be incorporated into working time. They cannot only create a plan to help fitness and health, but also consider the risk factors in the workplace, and individual life style that may be causing or contributing to health problems.
Physiotherapists understand that being active isn’t easy for everyone. Many people have injuries or conditions that stop them from exercising easily. Others simply struggle to find the time, energy or motivation. Whatever the circumstances, some simple physiotherapy advice about how to get started and improve health in a way that’s right for each individual is available. They will work to set goals, know where to start, recommend the right kit, and promote a positive attitude, and advise on frequency, intensity, time, and the type of exercise, at work, at home or in the gym.
Wherever you are in Europe, there is a Physiotherapist waiting to assist you.