One of the key aims of occupation health provision is reducing sickness absence. This has a direct link to productivity and performance.
In terms of reducing sickness absences, we not only provide a dynamic assessment and treatment service but also believe strongly in preventative measures, self-management strategies, and seek to educate and advise staff with exercise regimes appropriate to their condition.
Physiotherapy Matters believes prevention is better than a cure and we place a great emphasis on health and wellbeing.
Amongst our current organisations, we deliver educational workshops targeted at common conditions, such as work-related upper limb disorders in IT departments, lower back pain in heavy industry, and also contribute with health fairs and wellbeing events.
Through our data collection and analysis, we are able to play a major part in health promotion programs by targeting areas of high risk or high service usage. A proactive approach in these areas with specifically designed educational packages can lead to a reduction in musculoskeletal conditions suffered in the workplace.
Physiotherapy lead workshops are popular and successful as it allows for staff to participate to maximum benefit and interaction. These workshops involve live demonstrations of various aspects of work related musculoskeletal injury or pain such as back and neck pain, manual handling complaints and repetitive strain injury using props and situations allowing employees to relate to the situation, ask questions, act out their own scenarios and obtain valuable advice on how to improve it.
Diagrams, hand outs and skeletal models are used for explanation of the effects on the body and subsequent methods of prevention of such conditions. Workshops would be regularly reviewed to ensure positive outcomes are achieved. This too could be assessed through the collection of feedback data.
We are also keen to work alongside personnel and health and safety teams in implementing regular DSE assessments, initial workstation set up, as well as generally encouraging employee wellbeing in the work place. This would be in the form of seated and standing postural correction, micro exercises at workstations, ergonomic advice as well as encouraging exercise around the office space, using stairs, drinking water and boosting productivity. We are also able to provide information and tips for a corporate website or intranet if required.
Overall this allows a more comprehensive provision to be implemented which has a long term reduction in MSK related sickness absence and ultimately is a more cost effective service provision.