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Occupational Health Highlights: May 2017

Here are some of the highlights from the world of occupational health that we’ve come across in the last month. If you want to stay up to date with the latest news, follow us on Twitter and like our page on Facebook. Tips from Singapore on improving occupational health programmes Human Resources Online ran an interview with Cara Ang, Chief Human Resources Officer at the Singapore branch of insurance giant AIA. It contained some good pointers on optimising occupational health schemes, including: Before starting any occupational health scheme, perform a company survey to gather baseline data on employees. Find out what their concerns and needs are Make sure employees take charge of their own health – self-management is important Management should get on board with health programmes…

Lower Back Pain – Physio Tips

What is lower back pain? Lower back pain affects almost everybody at some point in their lives and can be incredibly uncomfortable. However, the vast majority of back pain gets better and does not require any invasive treatment. Sometimes there’s a clear cause for the problem, but sometimes it comes out of the blue. Muscles, nerves or joints in the area can become irritated but there is usually no significant or long-term damage to any of these structures. Lower back pain – common symptoms The most common symptoms include: Pain in and around the lower back and hips Pain going down the back or front of the legs, usually on one side Difficulty with bending and twisting movements, such as putting on your socks or getting…

Manual Workers – 3 Gym Exercises to Stay Strong

Manual Workers – 3 Gym Exercises to Stay Strong We often treat manual workers such as labourers, warehouse staff or delivery drivers. These physical jobs can be very demanding, requiring staff to lift heavy loads repeatedly throughout the day. Most medium and large companies will have manual handling training to help staff use good lifting technique, which is important in preventing injuries. However, it can also be beneficial to do some extra training in the gym once or twice per week to develop strength and muscle that makes work lifting easier. Here are some ideas of exercise that, if done properly, can help to keep you safe and strong on the job: 1. Squats You’ve probably all heard the mantra, “lift with your legs”. While…

Tennis elbow: 3 top tips

Tennis elbow is a problem that many of us will experience at one point or another – although funnily enough, tennis itself is rarely the cause. According to the British Medical Journal it’s most common in those aged between 40-50, but you can find it in a variety of populations. What does cause tennis elbow? Tennis elbow usually comes about because of an overload of some of the tendons on your forearm. The medical term for the condition is “lateral epicondylalgia”, which is a long-winded way of saying “pain on that lumpy bit of your elbow”. Some of the activities that can trigger a bout of tennis elbow include: Starting a new sport that involves a lot of gripping Repeated lifting at work with your hands Doing…

Physiotherapy for the homeless with Crisis at Christmas

As physiotherapists, we’re often asked to reflect on our practice. So, as autumn kicks in and preparations are already afoot for the next Optimum Physiotherapy Christmas party, I’d like to look back to last December??to talk about some volunteering I was involved in. A??group of physiotherapists took part in the annual Crisis at Christmas event which provides a range of health and other support??services for homeless people in London??over the festive period. I was asked to join in by a friend of mine who was helping to??run the service, and I decided to give it a go. The homeless situation On the day I volunteered we met up at a school in London which was being used a base to co-ordinate all the activities. We…

Pain – Five Surprising Facts

Pain – just reading??the word probably evoked a response in you! We can all recall a time that we have had it,??and generally speaking, it is not a nice experience. Although most episodes resolve,??we??estimate that 28,000,000 adults across the globe have chronic pain. It??is a fascinatingly complex subject which the medical world, including physiotherapy, is learning more about. Here are some simple concepts about pain: 1) Pain is not directly proportionate to the amount of damage Some really interesting developments on pain knowledge have??taken place??in the last decade or so. We now know that the amount of pain somebody feels is not directly proportionate to the level of damage. As practitioners who regularly manage patients whose primary complaint is nearly always pain, this has been…

Office Exercises for Aches and Pains at Work

Barely a week goes by without us hearing about another study showing the negatives??of a sedentary lifestyle: an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, back pain and more. The ???Get Britain Standing??? campaign advises not sitting for more than four hours per day, which is unfortunately not always possible for those of us who need to be close to the computer. However, being a professional desk jockey doesn’t have to mean a death sentence. A recent study found that an hour of moderate activity – such as walking – can help to offset some of the longer term effects of a sedentary job. In addition to taking regular breaks to go for a short walk, here are some other??office exercises??to keep you moving without roaming…

What is Physiotherapy?

What is Physiotherapy? As this is the first post on the new Optimum Physiotherapy blog, I thought it might be a good idea to look at what our profession actually is. Many patients are referred to see a physiotherapist by their doctor or an insurance company and don't know what to expect. From a quick look on Google, it seems that it's a common question: Here are some of the ideas that some of our patients have had about what physiotherapy involves: Having a nice massage Being tortured (i.e. having a horrible massage) Being put through their paces in an 80s-style aerobics class, complete with Spandex outfits Receiving advice to take it easy and do nothing for ages Being blasted with a magical ultrasound machine...