Unlocking Workplace Wellness: The Power of Occupational Physiotherapy

By Claire Glynn | Head of Musculoskeletal Services
In today’s fast-paced work environment, where sedentary lifestyles, workspaces and repetitive tasks are at a peak, the role of occupational physiotherapy in keeping the workforce healthy and productive is more significant than ever.

In today’s fast-paced work environment, where sedentary lifestyles, workspaces and repetitive tasks are at a peak, the role of occupational physiotherapy in keeping the workforce healthy and productive is more significant than ever.

In 2023, 1.8 million workers suffered from work-related ill health, with 0.5 million suffering from a work-related musculoskeletal disorder.

Source: Health & Safety at Work Summary statistics for Great Britain 2023, (https://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/assets/docs/hssh2223.pdf)

An often-overlooked way to prevent and treat musculoskeletal injury, occupational physiotherapy not only treats the cause, but it also allows employees to learn how to prevent future injury and sets them up for MSK health for the long-term.

Understanding Occupational Physiotherapy:

Occupational physiotherapy focuses on preventing and managing musculoskeletal injuries and promoting overall wellness in the workplace. By assessing work environments and employee habits, occupational physiotherapists tailor interventions to mitigate risks and enhance employee health.

Prevention is Key:

“Critical to boosting the MSK health of employees is helping them to nip MSK issues in the bud, by increasing access to free advice and physiotherapy.”

Claire Glynn, Clinical Operations Director, PAM Physio Solutions.

Proactive measures, such as ergonomic assessments and workplace exercise programs, play a pivotal role in preventing injuries and reducing absenteeism. By addressing ergonomic factors and providing education on safe work practices, occupational physiotherapy empowers employees to stay healthy and pain-free.

Managing Work-Related Injuries:

Despite preventive efforts, injuries may still occur. Occupational physiotherapists play a crucial role in the rehabilitation process, facilitating timely return-to-work plans and implementing strategies to prevent re-injury. Through targeted interventions, personalised treatment plans and providing employees with educational resources, PAM Physio Solutions help individuals regain function and resume work with confidence.

Promoting Workforce Well-Being:

Beyond injury management, occupational physiotherapy contributes to overall workforce well-being. By fostering a culture of health and safety, organisations demonstrate their commitment to employee welfare, ultimately boosting morale, retention, and productivity.

How can PAM Physio Solutions Help:

Workstation Assessments:

From online to virtual and face-to-face workstation assessments we ensure employees workstations are set up correctly to avoid musculoskeletal issues. All assessments are carried out by a trained PAM Ergonomics assessor.

Training & Programmes:

Designed to educate employees on how to stay safe in the workplace, our training covers; Manual Handling, Injury Preventions, Ergonomics and Vehicle Assessments as well as guidance on workplace wellness initiatives.

Rehabilitation Services:

Our range of rehabilitation services covers Long-Covid, Chronic & persistent pain management, work hardening, fibromyalgia management as well as pre and post-surgery rehab and exercise therapy.
If you would like to know more about our services, contact us here or call us on 01925 989 741.

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