People with work-related symptoms can benefit significantly from occupational physiotherapy. This type of therapy is regular physiotherapy, combined with work-oriented rehabilitation. Examples of work-related symptoms are arm, neck and shoulder symptoms (formerly RSI) – or (lower) back symptoms.
Regular physiotherapy can include mobilisation, trigger point therapy, connective tissue therapy, breathing therapy, relaxation therapy, cupping and exercise therapy.
In some cases, symptoms cannot be remedied by physiotherapy alone, because the conditions at work are structurally unsound. In those cases, the therapist will visit the workplace for occupational rehabilitation. The therapist will perform a so-called ‘workplace analysis’; they look at what can be changed at the workplace, for example, a desk or chair, and what the client can change in their routine. These suggestions might include posture or muscle strength training for certain body parts, such as back training or posture therapy, or back training in the event of long-term symptoms. Posture therapy offers a solution in the event of a poor working posture, whether the client is sitting or standing during their work.