Work is Actually Good for you???

ergonomics work desk

Maintaining stable employment has been shown to have positive health effects including:

  • sense of community
  • social inclusion
  • contribution to society and family
  • positive life structure
  • physical health benefits of work which is job dependent

Work also helps prevent the negative factors associated with lack of employment such as:

  • low mood
  • negative health effects
  • financial issues
  • lack of social interaction

Whilst many people report aches and pains associated with their occupation, not many of these are actually due to health-related damage or disease requiring intervention.  It is important to also consider other elements such as psychosocial factors (combined social and psychological factors). Whether it is stress in a relationship at work or at home, the feeling of isolation, low mood, depression or even drug or alcohol abuse. It can all affect how people perceive their current state of health and negatively affect a persons return to the workforce.

return to employment. Vocational physio

The relationship between you and your employer, plus the relationship you have with other members of staff, all affect the outcome of a return to work after injury or illness.  Should you sustain an injury in the workplace or have an accident outside of work, it is important to maintain open communication with your employer. If your are able, visiting the workplace to catch up with other members of staff will enhance your chances of a successful and less stressful return to the same job.

As vocational rehabilitation providers, the physio’s at Central Lakes Physio are here to help get you get back to work. Whether you have sustained an injury or have a niggly little issue, contact us as we have multiple resources and skills to help keep you in work or get you back to work.  Sometimes it can be free of charge!

OR  be proactive –  if you have a job that is very physically demanding, repetitive or a more sedentary job where you are sustaining postures for long periods of time, contact us about having a work-site assessment to see what can be done in order to help you avoid injury.  Prevention is always better than cure!

Ashley Booth and Allison Aspinall are our qualified vocational physiotherapists and will be happy to assist you with any concerns.

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