What you should know about Physiotherapy in the workplace
What is Physiotherapy treatment?
Physiotherapy is a treatment done by highly trained Physiotherapists, who are experts that specialise in assessing movement, so that they can advise on physical activities to do to help improve movement or apply pressure to certain areas to help ease it and increase mobility. The aim of it is to restore movement and function in the body when someone’s been affected by an injury, illness or disability. By going through Physiotherapy, you can help to reduce the risk of potential illnesses or injuries such as Nerve Irritation, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Shin Splints and much more. Instead of focusing on individual aspects of the body, Physiotherapists look at the body as a whole.
When is Physiotherapy needed?
It’s needed to manage pain and help treat injuries or illnesses such as:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Sports injuries
- Movement problems as a result of a stroke, Parkinson’s Disease or Multiple Sclerosis
- Rehabilitation after a heart attack
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Cystic fibrosis
What do Physiotherapists do?
To begin, they can offer advice on subjects such as how to keep good posture. They can also give guidance on lifting and carrying techniques, so that your employees don’t further injure themselves when doing manual work.
Physiotherapists also set exercises or physical activities to do so that they can improve client’s health generally and strengthen specific body parts as well as increasing mobility.
As well as that, they provide manual therapy, which is when they use their hands to manipulate, mobilise and massage body tissue. The pressure relieves pain and stiffness and encourages better movement.
Is exercise required after Physiotherapy?
Exercise is actually beneficial after Physiotherapy but only when done correctly. Our Physiotherapist would recommend the correct exercises that target the specific area injured and help with treating it.
Our Physiotherapist would also give guidance on how often you should be doing exercises as it shouldn’t be overdone and is best to do a few times a day but for short periods of time.
How quickly does Physiotherapy work?
Duration of treatment varies based on different types of injuries. If an injury is minor, it can take as little as 2-3 sessions. If the injury affects soft tissue, the time can lean more towards 6-8 weeks as that’s how long it takes for soft tissue to heal most of the time. However, more serious injuries could take a few months.
Why is Physiotherapy important in the workplace?
Employee’s well-being is important in the workplace in order to maintain a healthy and efficient work force. If employees are suffering and in need of physiotherapy, when left untreated they could end up performing badly at work. Their skills and ability to do the job could be highly affected and by leaving issues untreated, it could lead to more time being taken off work.
By providing early treatment, you can help solve issues quicker and catch the problem before it becomes more serious and becomes chronic and that would mean a lot more time of work.