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What works at work?
Is your neck or lower back hurting you while reading this? Have you been injured at work? You might need an occupational therapist! Physiotherapists and owners Justin and Chris want to take a moment to talk occupational therapy and how it can help you (and your business) work smarter.
“Isn’t an occupational therapist meant to help injured workers get back on the job?” That’s a question we get all the time and the simple answer is yes … and no. Occupational therapy is about helping people feel less pain and do their jobs better, and the results are measurable. Whether you’re an employee or owner, you need to be in top form to do what you love, and that’s the *wait for it* “proactive” approach we take.
We work with a lot of people who have neck, back, shoulder, and wrist pain from working in less than ideal conditions. It doesn’t mean your workplace is unsafe; it just means you haven’t considered how you sit, stand, lift, or bend at work. When our therapists get called in to do a workplace assessment, they often spot the problem immediately in the design, set-up, or use of a workstation.
So what does an occupational therapist do?
Occupational therapists will offer solutions to help you at work. And small changes can make a big difference: raising the level of a computer monitor a few inches, choosing a chair with better lumbar support, doing exercises that strengthen the core and lower back, or even practicing fluid, deliberate movement can make your workplace more comfortable and efficient.
If your workplace has a wellness program, you might be wondering if contacting an occupational therapist is even worth it.
Research has shown that wellness programs are only used by about 40% of staff and provide varied results, whereas occupational therapy can be directed to each employee, and have targeted, measurable results.
If you’re interested in this topic, keep checking back! We’re going to be talking about ergonomics in the next blog, and the two go hand-in-hand.
Let us know if you could use an ergonomic assessment or if your workplace would benefit from a visit from an occupational therapist. And while you’re here, sign up for our newsletter and you could win a free massage!
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