Physiotherapists support tradie health in August

Physiotherapists are a tradies’ best friend, helping them keep their bodies strong and healthy, and treat little niggles before they become bigger long-term problems.

Recent research shows 20 per cent of injuries in the workplace involve a tradesperson. ‘Tradies’ may seem to have a life and job to envy, but studies show injuries on the job are common – so much so that the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) has created Tradie National Health Month to try and spread awareness of the importance of keeping healthy and implementing safe work practices.

Occupational health and safety (OH&S) is a big concern on the job – particularly when it comes to heavy lifting and manoeuvring. Many tradies suffer from a variety of musculoskeletal conditions, and their job often increases the risk of other injuries, from strains and sprains to breaking bones.

Physiotherapists are getting behind tradies, promoting a range of health and general wellbeing tips, as well as specific information about how to stay strong and safe on the job.

Shane Jacobsen, better known as everyone’s favourite plumber, “Kenny”, is the spokesperson for this year’s event, held across August. Tradies and businesses can also register to hold events throughout the month, and you can follow the discussion on twitter, using the hashtags #tradieshealth #dontignorethepain #tradietips

For more information on how our physiotherapists in Geelong can help the tradie in your life, or for general health and wellbeing tips, please contact Health e Allied Services.