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-related injuries.

Work and Your Health

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:
bullet sitting or standing all day
bullet repetitive production work
bullet heavy lifting
bullet bending and twisting
bullet working in awkward positions

Prevent discomfort and tiredness with simple stretches during the day.

Warm up
If you work in awkward positions, warm up before you start.


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.

Warm Ups Warm up 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.

Fitness 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.

How Physiotherapists Help Injured Workers

Physiotherapists assess 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.

A personal 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.

How physiotherapists help injured workers

Adjusting Your Workstation
  1. Position screen at arm's length, slightly below eye level and directly in front of you.
  2. Set document holder close to screen, at the same distance from your eyes.
  3. Adjust back rest to support the curve of your lower back.
  4. Keep feet flat on floor, or use a footrest.
  5. Keep hips, knees and elbows at a comfortable angle, close to 90�.
To maintain comfort, do stretches, vary tasks and shift positions during the day.

Adjusting your workstation
Finding a Physiotherapist

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.
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Move well. Stay well.
By courtesy of the Australian Physiotherapy Association