|Occupational Health |
Maintaining the health
and safety of people at work makes good sense. Physiotherapists help
employees and management in the prevention and treatment of
|Work and Your
The type of work you do may put extra strain on
your body, causing discomfort and tiredness in your back, neck and
shoulders. You need to take particular care if your work involves
any of the following risk factors:
||sitting or standing all day
||repetitive production work
||bending and twisting
||working in awkward positions
discomfort and tiredness with simple stretches during the
If you work
in awkward positions, warm up before you
You can take some
simple steps to reduce the chance of illness or injury.
Report Problems Report problems early so that something can be
done to help you or to change the work process.
before you start work and do simple stretches during the day.
Posture Change your posture often, alternating between
sitting and standing if you can. Avoid prolonged bending of your
neck and back.
Lifting Lift with care.
Wherever possible, use trolleys or other aids to lift and carry
heavy or bulky items.
Storage Store loads at waist
height if you need to move them regularly.
Maintain good general fitness. Lifestyle and leisure
activities are important to your wellbeing at work.
Work Safety Follow safe work practices. These are designed
to protect you and prevent injuries.
Help Injured Workers
the cause of workplace injury and provide effective treatment to
promote a speedy and full recovery. They also design return-to-work
programs for injured workers.
Helping you remain at work, or
aiding your quick return to work is the goal.
self-management program including advice on safe work practices and
good working posture will help you prevent further injury and better
understand how your body works.
To maintain comfort, do stretches, vary tasks and
shift positions during the day.
- Position screen at arm's length, slightly below eye level and
directly in front of you.
- Set document holder close to screen, at the same distance from
- Adjust back rest to support the curve of your lower back.
- Keep feet flat on floor, or use a footrest.
- Keep hips, knees and elbows at a comfortable angle, close to
A doctor's referral is not required to see a
physiotherapist in private practice. Physiotherapists in private
practice are listed in the Yellow Pages under 'Physiotherapists'.
Contact the Australian Physiotherapy Association in your state for a
list of physiotherapists working in the occupational health field.
|By courtesy of the Australian Physiotherapy Association