Managing workplace stress: the role of the physiotherapist
With more workers than ever before moving towards a hybrid model of working, it would be easy to assume stress levels might be reducing as we adopt a more flexible approach to work as a society. Stress, specifically work-related stress, anxiety and depression, however, is higher than pre-coronavirus levels. In 2020/21 the total number of work-related stress cases was 822,000 – a rate of 2,480 workers per 100,000. Work-related stress combined with long hours, poor posture, and a decrease in daily physical activity is likely leading to you seeing increased strain, pain and lethargy in your patients. Physiotherapists can play a significant role in helping to reduce these effects and also in preventing long-term illness. Some of these ways include:
1. Increasing overall physical activity
Simple exercises adapted to your clients’ abilities can make the world of difference. Just a brisk walk or a light jog can help with stretching out those strains and just some fresh air can provide a bonus mental health boost too. If your patients are in need of a bit more support then we have a fantastic range of low-impact but highly effective equipment for you to use in practice.Our Rehabilitation Treadmill can really help with gently increasing your patients’ range of movement and comes with exclusive specifications such as full-length adjustable parallel bars, locking belt, and true decline.
2. Upper body strengthening
Being hunched over desks and laptops without adequate support and regular breaks is a recipe for disaster. Neck, back and wrist strain are among some of the most complained about work-related injuries. Delaying intervention only makes it work.Upper body strengthening can really help with his. By encouraging increased movement and conditioning, physiotherapy can really help to alleviate upper body strain injuries. Our Rehabilitation Recumbent Seated Stepper is built with an upper body exercise programme to support your patients towards decreased pain and with its 360 degree rotating seat, it helps you to get your patients in without causing any strain to yourself.
3. Take a holistic approach
Sometimes targeting specific strains and injuries just isn’t enough and physiotherapists have to support patients with a wider range of interventions to support patients to live life with reduced or no pain. This may include things like advice on diet, lifestyle and weight loss.For patients who are experiencing pain, long hours at work and stress, physical activity can feel incredibly overwhelming. Our rehabilitation bike can help with low-impact exercise to get blood circulating and the heart pumping, easing patients into exercise using correct movement and form. Make sure your practice is equipped with the best machines to support your patients to better health. If you’d like to find out more about how our full range of MED equipment can help you in practice, get in touch with our friendly team to talk through your specific requirements.