Why do we need a physiotherapy in the workplace?
Musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders can include back pain, neck or arm strains and diseases of the joints. All parts of the workforce can be affected by MSK, it is one of the most common reasons for sickness absence in the workplace. MSK symptoms are often caused by work-related injuries such as incorrect handling, or not having equipment in the workplace personally adjusted. With a recent increase in staff working from home, unsuitable home office set-up has also been a large contributor to the issue. Having access to a workplace physiotherapist service will ensure your staff get the help they need to treat common musculoskeletal disorders.
A workplace physiotherapist is a healthcare professional who can assesses, diagnoses, and treats people in the workplace for a range of MSK issues. Physiotherapy can help improve your range of motion, strength, balance, and coordination. As a SEQOHS registered specialist, Fusion provide physiotherapist sessions in the workplace through a management referral. These appointments can take place either face to face or video. Engaging with a physiotherapist who is an occupational health specialist is vital. They will not only be able to help employees they will be able to identify common problems among job roles and prevent any further injury or absence.
The Advantages of Fusion Physiotherapy:
- Speed of access – 2-day scheduling of assessment and start of treatment from receipt of referral
- Peer reviewed reports delivered within 24 hours
- Video or face to face approach is easy and convenient for the employee
- The presenting conditions can be thoroughly assessed
- Exercises demonstrated as part of the session either via video call or face to face
What is physiotherapy in the workplace?
Physiotherapy in the workplace can offer advice on subjects such as how to keep good posture while employees sit at their desks. They can also give advice on lifting and carrying techniques, so that your employees don’t further injure themselves when doing manual work.
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 for your employees.
What kind of issues usually require physiotherapy?
Within the workplace you may need physio for musculoskeletal issues, repetitive strain injury or posture issues. With homeworking becoming more popular, it has resulted in more issues of MSK, so ensuring all your employees have access to a physiotherapy service is essential.
What are musculoskeletal issues?
Musculoskeletal (MSK) issues are when you experience problems with your joints, bones, and muscles and sometimes associated tissues such as your nerves. They can range from minor injuries to long-term conditions and can affect your work and how you perform your job.
Over 20 million people in the UK, almost one third of the population, have an MSK condition such as arthritis or back pain.