Clinic-NL-Tradesmens-Health-WEBTradies have among the highest number of injuries, musculoskeletal conditions and other health and safety risks of any profession.

Every day 10 tradies are badly injured at work. That is 3650 tradies a year on workers compensation. Nearly a quarter of all roofers, labourers and plumbers experience back pain, muscle stress and strain from lifting equipment or slips, trips, and falls when handling materials.

Physiotherapists play a critical role in providing early healthcare intervention support–through diagnosing, treating, and preventing disease and disability through physical means. Working in partnership with their patients, physiotherapists can help recovery from injury, reduce pain and stiffness, and increase mobility, and also prevent further injury.

How Can Physiotherapy Help?

Physiotherapists are experts in human movement. They understand how your muscles, bones, joints and ligaments work and how injuries happen.

Physiotherapists are able to help get you back to work faster.

Physiotherapists can:

  • favicon Assess your muscle strength, flexibility and fitness to design an appropriate fitness program
  • favicon Teach you how to better handle loads, to move more efficiently and safely
  • favicon Teach you how to engage your trunk core stabilisers when performing a task
  • favicon Show you how to prevent injury in your home or workplace
  • favicon Increase strength and range of motion of both upper and lower limbs
  • favicon Increase balance, endurance and joint awareness
  • favicon Increase both core abdominal and upper body strength
  • favicon Improve general fitness and weight control

They may use:

  • favicon Mobilisation
  • favicon Manipulation
  • favicon Postural assessment, correction and advice
  • favicon Laser, ultrasound, electrotherapy and heat treatment
  • favicon Advice regarding work role modifications, if required
  • favicon Massage
  • favicon Clinical Pilates
  • favicon Hydrotherapy
  • favicon Functional and rehabilitative exercises to improve flexibility, strength, posture and core stability
  • favicon Taping
  • favicon Use of a sacroiliac belt or lumbar brace
  • favicon Use of a lumbar roll for sitting
  • favicon A gradual return to activity program

Early intervention and treatment through physiotherapy and the promotion of preventative health and wellbeing can prolong working careers and improve general wellbeing for any worker in the trade industry.