WORK AND YOUR HEALTH
The type of work you do may put extra strain on your body, causing discomfort and tension 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
- Heavy lifting
- Bending and twisting
- Working in awkward positions
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 understanding of how your body works.
PHYSIOTHERAPISTS IN THE WORKPLACE
Physiotherapists provide ergonomic advice and management strategies to help prevent workplace injury and illness:
- Pre-placement physical assessments to ensure a good match between worker and task.
- Assessing risks associated with plant and equipment.
- Evaluating workplace tasks and recommending job redesign where necessary
- Training in back care and safe lifting methods.
- Exercise and stretching programs to reduce the risk of injury.
Through early identification of problem areas and prompt treatment of injury, employers and employees can work together to maintain the health, safety and productivity of people at work.
ADJUSTING YOUR COMPUTER WORKSTATION
- 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 your eyes
- 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 90°