Services for Worker’s Compensation include:
- Pain education
- Aquatic therapy
- Gym based exercise
The active approach to recovery developed out of a desire to provide physiotherapist supervised gym or pool- based exercise program for people with sub-acute or chronic injuries; or following surgery.
Referral for assessment and medical clearance on-line form.
Clients suitable for the Body@Work approach:
- Pain associated with injury > 6weeks
- Recent surgery with limitations beyond the acute healing phase.
- Non-use or disuse due to pain or fear of pain
- Abnormal movement patterns (e.g. compensating, avoiding movement altogether)
- Deconditioning due to weakness and muscle wastage
- Depressive symptoms due to changes in lifestyle, work, financial and relationship dynamics.
The Body@Work goal
The goal at Body@Work physiotherapy is not about reducing pain, since this is outside of our control.
Rather, it is about improving the level of function. This is achieved by:
- Healthy environment: a non-threatening exercise where clients mix with healthy minded people.
- An active approach: theclient is drawn away from being a passive treatment recipient.
- Independence with the prescribed program is encouraged for long term maintenance and prevention
- Management of exacerbations – fear avoidance beliefs are challenged and pain no longer dictates behaviour.
- Return to work/upgrade duties/increase working tolerances as functionality improves
The Body@Work approach
Body@Work physiotherapy has established a reputation for excellence in pain education – a 1 hour session using biopsychosocial principles. This session can be a stand-alone session for clients attending another provider, or is conducted as the first session of the Body@Work program.
Graded exposure to activity
- Realistic outcome goals are established
- Supervised exercise 2-3x/week with a transition to independent attendance over a 6 week period
- Appropriate transitioning from aquatic to land based exercise.
The Body@Work difference
- All assessments and gym sessions are conducted one-on-one with a physiotherapist
- The significance of MRI, CT and X-ray findings are understood and accounted for
- Post-surgical protocols can be managed and progressed
- Excellence in education
- Use of public health facilities (rather than in-room clinics) to facilitate a sense of rejoining the healthy community.