August is the annual Tradies National Health Month. In this month physiotherapists and other health professionals remind our tradies that it’s not normal to feel pain. Manual therapists have a lot to offer to reduce and prevent many muskuloskeletal problems faced by trades people. At Osteohealth we couldn’t agree more, however we would like to broaden that to all professions. We reduce and prevent pain and disability, thereby increasing mobility and function.
As a physiotherapist for almost 20 years (before you do your maths, I am sadly no Doogie Howser) but now on the wrong side of forty! I have seen and continue to see many muskuloskeletal conditions that could be avoided. These often begin as a slight niggle and if not treated, can become extremely debilitating in the weeks, months and sometimes years to come. If left untreated it can have a flow on affect to things such as work, family, travel, retirement and sport. Being in the business of health, I place my own health very high up on my life’s priorities. I know that without it I wouldn’t have so many of my other blessings in life such as my family, friends and travel experiences to name a few.
We all have our occupational hazards. For me as a physiotherapist I have to be mindful of looking after my hands and low back in particular. For those that sit at a desk, low backs, necks and forearms can usually be problematic at times. If I don’t ‘practice what I preach’ by looking after myself it affects all other aspects of my life, which can prevent me from spending time with those I care about most.
The body is quite simply built to move.
Some of us (eg. tradies, child care workers) have particularly physical jobs, which to a certain extent keep us fit. However, the body is extremely efficient and if not constantly challenged, its fitness reduces to the highest level of challenge we place on it. For example, shortened wet days in the Winter months may reduce hours spent labouring on site for a brickie, but come the warmer months, longer days and approaching deadlines means workers may be faced with a greater workload. If not fit to step up to these increased workloads, that is when injury or illness may occur. Let’s put it this way, you don’t set out to run a marathon without adequate training and preparation leading up to the event. Much like footballers, netballers and hockey players don’t turn up to round 1 without any pre-season training.
For others, work can be particularly sedentary. We know the benefits of keeping fit and we often do this after work or on weekends. If you are like me, you may stick to what you enjoy (apparently not all of us love running or riding up mountains which I cannot fathom why..) but no matter the motivation each of us have, we cannot tick all the boxes or manage our health all on our own. I consider a manual health professional in your corner compulsory to maintain each of our day to day activities. Personally, I use the resources around me at Osteohealth. It also helps to have an objective person to take a look at a ‘dodgy hip’ which I have (self) diagnosed, only for a colleague to suggest an alternative and much more likely management regime.
At Osteohealth, we have many options to treat or better still PREVENT your muskuloskeletal ailments. Our treatment is aimed at assisting you to do what you enjoy most, getting more out of life with those you enjoy it with. We have a number of different therapists, all of whom are able to commence your treatment plan and the beauty of having different therapists under the one roof is that we can utilise skill sets of different therapists as your treatment plan progresses. For example, one of our osteopaths might treat a patient entering the clinic with an acute exacerbation of neck/back pain, while down the track they may recommend a review with one of our physiotherapists for a home exercise or core stability program to prevent the next acute episode.
Some of these treatments may include, but are not limited to:
- Soft tissue (massage) therapy
- Joint mobilisation/manipulation
- Exercise prescription
- Ergonomic advice
- Pain management techniques
- Dry needling
- Postural technique advice: sleeping, running, riding
These treatments options can and do have the following effects:
- Reduce pain and stiffness
- Increase mobility
- Reduced need for medication
- Decrease in weight
- Manage stress levels
- Increase fitness
- Increase knowledge
- Recover and prevent re-injury
So if you want to get the most out of your life, we would love to work with you to ensure you get to do all the things you love doing with those you enjoy doing them with! Call us on 6021 2777, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or book an appointment online here.
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