How can physiotherapy help?
Researches proves physiotherapy is extremely effective for treating MSDs such as neck and back pain, and 80% of people who tried physiotherapy for the treatment of their MSD were able to carry on and haven’t been absent from work again. The main objective of Occupational Health services is to help employers and staff dealing with health problems at work. Physiotherapists are expert in OH services.
The main role of physiotherapist in the workplace is to prevent the workers from acquiring illnesses and to ensure the fast recovery of those who are sick. Physiotherapists also disseminate information to employers and staff about proper practices involving lifting, handling, and equipment layout to ensure safety. But if you have reduced your mobility or developed a health problem, your physiotherapist can suggest you and your employer about the adjustments and new task suited for your new condition.
What will happen when I see a physiotherapist?
A physiotherapist will assess your problem, give you advice or give you a physical treatment, don’t be hesitant to answer questions or share something because everything that you’ll discuss will completely be confidential. Your physiotherapist might need you to remove some of your clothes in order to have a good look at the way you move, so in order for you to be comfortable, it will be a good idea to wear suitable and nice underwear.
Physiotherapists are the third largest health profession next to doctors and nurses. They work in the NHS, private practice, for charities through occupational health schemes. Physiotherapy has proven its effectiveness through various research.
Top Tips To Stay Healthy at Work
- Give yourself a break and a fresh air to breathe
- Keep yourself active and take a walk or an exercise in between busy hours
- Take good care of your neck avoid putting the phone between your ear and shoulder
- Avoid focusing on a task for a long time without taking a break
- Never force your capacity to its limit
Lower back pain is a common problem; eight out of ten people experience it at some point in their lives. No matter how severe you might think your back pain is, it is not always caused by a serious problem. If the pain is persistent, you might want to visit a physiotherapist. Physiotherapists are capable of assessing back pain without diagnostic imaging.
Symptoms of back pain appear in many ways, such as the localized pain, radiating pain, and referred pain. You can feel localized pain in the lower back and buttocks. Radiating pain can be felt at the back and the leg or foot, which also occur in the form of numbness or tingling, but sometimes occur in the leg without being felt at the back. Lastly the referred pain is a back pain caused by lifestyle factors such as sitting too much, being in a poor physical condition, and improper bending or lifting.
Early treatment is essential to any healing process, and lower back pain is no exception to the rule. Natural treatment like exercise can really improve your condition and reduced the possibility of feeling the pain again. Physical treatment will offer procedures based on the results of your physical examination. The good news is, calling physiotherapist for help immediately can result in an effective treatment. In contrast, waiting to get help and letting the pain continue could make it worse and harder to cure. Staying longer in the bed is a bad idea, instead, keep your body active.
The best treatment procedures are the following:
- Manual therapy (back massage). A physiotherapists’ hands are expert enough to use different, effective hands-on techniques to remove stiffness as well as to improve the movement of joints and muscles
- Exercises which restores mobility and reduce radiating or referred pain. Most physiotherapists prescribe these exercises along with the usage of McKenzie method. You have nothing to worry about because physiotherapists can still help even with the most severe pain.
- Exercises which strengthens core stability and endurance.
You might be thinking on whether or not you should bother yourself with the above mentioned procedures or just let it cure itself on its own. Ignoring the pain can reduce symptoms but you won’t be able to know the real cause of your back pain which won’t help you in the long run. Knowing the cause of the pain will reduce the risk of reoccurrence and will make physiotherapists suggest an appropriate treatment for you.