August is Tradies Health Month
Statistics show that 3 out of every 5 serious workplace injuries involve a tradie. This is alarming as tradies only make up 30% of the workforce. The physically demanding nature of these occupations mean that these statistics whilst alarming, are not surprising.
August is National Tradies Health Month and is a time when we as physiotherapists and health professionals can focus on injury prevention in our trade population. If you are a tradie or if your have a tradie in your family or household then make sure you read these three simple strategies we have put together to help tradies manage and/or prevent injury.
1. Work on Flexibity Flexibility 5-10 minutes of stretching every morning before work can make a big difference and help you warm up for the day. It’s particularly helpful to stretch the quadriceps, hamstrings, back and shoulder muscles. 2. Strength
Having good strength and condition in your deep stabilising muscles is a must for tradies. Sometimes known as muscles of the "core" these muscles act like a natural back brace for your spine and can help to reduce the incidence of back pain. They can also make lifting heavier objects more safe. As physios we can show you what exercises you should be doing to strengthen this area of your body. In addition to the stabilising muscles, it is also good to have good strength in the large muscle groups such as quads, glutes and hamstrings. Grip strength can also be a good defense against forearm and wrist issues for those that use a lot of hand tools. 3. Remember RICE if an injury does happen
"She won't always be right mate". If an injury does occur, don't ignore it thinking it will simply get better or go away. Use the RICE regime (Rest, Ice, Compress and Elevate) for anything acute that may swell and after seek advice from a physio so that you can find out what is wrong and how long before things will be back to normal.An injury does not necessarily mean time off, but can mean modifications of your daily duties. Unfortunately, our team sees tradie related injuries all the time but the good news is we can help and we can get you back working at full capacity. Don't struggle through day after day because any injury is best dealt with sooner rather than later.