Chiropractic Care for Workplace Injuries 

What you do for a living can have a big impact on your body – and your job doesn’t have to be physical in order for that to be true. There are many different kinds of injuries that can be sustained in the workplace. Here are some of the injuries you can face at work, and how your chiropractor might be able to help you avoid or treat them!

The Most Common Injuries in the Workplace

If you suffer from an injury at work that keeps you from getting the job done, it can be frustrating as well as painful. It can also put your job in jeopardy. Some injuries are from accidents, while others are from completing the same tasks over and over again on a daily basis. Many workplace injuries can be treated or avoided with the help of chiropractic care, including: back pain; sprains; carpal tunnel syndrome; headaches; neck pain; nerve damage; tendonitis.

How Workplace Injuries are Diagnosed

If you see your chiropractor with a specific complaint, such as back pain, then they will work with you to uncover the root cause of the pain you are experiencing. Often this is done through asking questions about your lifestyle, your job, and any other contributing factors. They also may do a family and personal medical history. If x-rays or imaging is required and if the chiropractor feels you need them, then you will be directed to a facility that can perform them. Once all the information is gathered, your chiropractor can then use his experience and education to determine your problem and create a treatment plan to help rectify your issues.

How Chiropractic Treatment Can Help

Once your injury has been diagnosed, then a treatment plan will be implemented to address your injury.   Chiropractors are famous for their spinal adjustments, but they are also experts in body mechanics, so they can also utilise exercise therapy,  and heat/ice therapy to help you move past your injury and recover completely. Your chiropractor will work with you to determine the best treatment options for you. Rest assured, every treatment offered has one goal: To restore full function to your body.

Occupational and workers compensation injuries are well managed at Health plus Chiropractic.  We are ideally placed in caring for patients with work-related injuries for a number of substantial reasons which include: Anthony’s early experience in chiropractic practices that specialised in these injuries; our broad skills in rehabilitation and soft-tissue injuries; an experienced administrative system that is proactive in dealing with insurers, Workcover and employers; all of our chiropractors have been trained and accredited in soft-tissue injury management by Workcover NSW; a high quality standard of professional communication with medical practitioners and others involved with injury management; provision of pre-employment health/medical screening and assessment for major companies; finally our approach is the most-up to date and evidence based available.  Our interest in this area means we don’t fall for the myth that workers must only receive the treatment recommended by the company doctor or that a referral is essential prior to receiving treatment.  If you have a work-related injury arrange to see us to find out how much we can help you recover.

Anthony O’Reilly has been dealing and effectively managing and treating work injuries (as well as motor vehicle accident injuries) all his career. In one of his early practices, the practice specialised in these injuries and cases, and he has dealt with various incarnations of Workcover etc.  In addition to the courses and training he has participated in within this area, he has taught injury prevention, and still performs medical/health assessments for workplace screening.

Benefits of Massage and the Workplace

There are various physical and mental benefits of massage. At Health plus Chiropractic, we provide a variety of massage techniques. With over 10 years of combined experience, our staff are highly certified, which separates us from our competitors.  Here at Health plus Chiropractic, all our staff demonstrates the highest amount of professionalism and competency towards our clients, something that you won’t get at other practices. From hot stone massage to remedial massage being offered, Health plus Chiropractic is a one stop business that can cater for all your needs.

Massages have been around for centuries, with both positive and negative reputations; however at Health plus Chiropractic our staff only offer our clients the best treatment possible. Massage therapy soothes muscles, tendons and ligaments while also alleviating stiffness and soreness, which is common within a range of jobs such as office jobs, labouring, nursing etc.  If you are stressed at work a massage is a great way to not only relieve stress and pain but also:

•   reduces fatigue and anxiety;                •   increases peace of mind;

•   relieves headaches and migraines;     •   reduces anxiety;

•   calms the nervous system;                   •   boosts morale;

•   increases self-awareness;

•   relieves back pain and improves posture;

•   improves mental focus and concentration;

•   relieves the commonly felt muscle tension in neck, shoulders, arms and wrists from repetitive use of the computer keyboard and mouse

•   stimulates and increases blood circulation

Happy Feet at Work

Your feet can take a pounding in the workplace. The daily demands of your job – walking, standing for long periods, lifting, jumping on or off machinery – all place your feet under pressure. While you are working your feet may absorb up to three times your body weight.

The work environment itself can create health risks for your feet. Hazardous conditions – oily or slippery floors, wet conditions, or extreme heat or cold – put feet at risk of injury and can lead to foot problems.

Foot problems: Stress fractures, sprains, strains, corns, calluses, ingrown toenails, chilblains, and tinea are some of the many foot problems which can occur in the workplace or be aggravated at work.

Problems such as calluses, corns, and blisters can be caused by pressure. If your feet do not fit properly into standard shoes or boots, then you are more likely to experience pressure-related foot problems. Deep aches or pains in the arch, ball of the foot or heel may be related to muscle strain, which is associated with poor foot posture – correcting or improving foot posture can reduce strain.

As even minor irritations can reduce your mobility and productivity, it is important to seek help for all foot ailments including sore or tired feet. Individual assessment and advice from a podiatrist is recommended.

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