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Tradesmen’s Health

Tradies 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:

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

They may use:                                                                                         

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

Joshua Hayter, MAPA, B.Physio

Principal Physiotherapist at Freedom Physiotherapy
Josh has worked at Freedom Physio and Pilates since 1999. His career started in 1994 in sports and spinal physiotherapy at a large multidisciplinary sports medicine centre in Melbourne. Here he obtained invaluable experience working alongside some of the best sports doctors and physios in Melbourne.

From there Joshua moved down to Geelong for 3 years at Geelong Hospital working in intensive care, surgical, respiratory and orthopaedic physiotherapy.
Joshua Hayter, MAPA, B.Physio

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