What Is The Problem?
Working as a Tradie can be extremely taxing on your body, so how can pilates work as a treatment for injured tradies?
The majority of people working in this field tend to get injured at some point during their career. This is often due to working with dangerous tools and lifting heavy materials or working long hours each day. The most common injuries among ‘Tradies’ are predominately back and shoulder injuries, neck pain, elbow pain along with knee and leg pain.
What You Need To Know About Different Types Of Pain
There are a number of injuries that can occur as a result of various trades and their unique specialities and requirements. Working in these different areas of trades could be affecting your body is different ways.
The best way to prevent damage to your body is to keep yourself fit and healthy. Strength training and working on the overall condition of your body are two of the most optimal ways you can prevent injuries. According to Safe Work Australia’s Key Work Health and Safety Report, 75 per cent of ‘Tradies’ ignore pain they experience. Don’t ignore pain; it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible.
At Northern Spinal & Sports Clinic, we treat tradies with a variety of injuries. These most commonly include:
1 – Neck Pain
Are you a tradie who suffers with neck pain? This could be due to spending hours looking up at ceilings or high lighting fixtures. These issues normally occur with painters, roofers, tilers and electricians.
To relieve yourself of this pain, try to take regular breaks and move your neck in the opposite direction. Also try mixing up the jobs you perform so that your neck changes positions throughout the day. This will help keep the muscles loose and ensure that you don’t cause unnecessary strain or stress to the neck. Aside from these tips, remedial sports massage is an extremely effective way to loosen up the muscles in your neck. If you’re interested in finding out more, give us a call on (03) 9470 1010 to book an appointment with one of our expert sports massage therapists today.
2 – Back and Shoulder Pain.
Back and shoulder pain injuries are the most common complaints among Tradies. The repetition of lifting, throwing and twisting has an extremely negative effect on your back and shoulders.
Clinical pilates is widely used as a treatment for these types of injuries. It is based around the strengthening of your core, balance and breathing. In addition, it is a great way to treat and prevent injuries from re-occurring.
3 – Elbow Pain.
Elbow pain is common around tradespeople that are constantly drilling, lifting and gripping, such as electricians, plumbers and carpenters.
There are certain exercises that can be done to help with this type of pain. Before you decide on a treatment option that’s right for you, it’s best to talk to a physiotherapist. Our qualified team of physiotherapists will be able to make sure you are holding your tools correctly, which could be the main reason behind the pain.
4 – Knee and Leg Pain.
Knee and leg pain damage can occur due to long hours of prolonged kneeling, and is most commonly seen in plumbers, tilers and carpenters.
One simple solution to relieve pain might be to stand up, rather than kneel down. If, due to your specific trade, this is not possible, then it’s best to use padding whenever kneeling.
Pain can also be caused through tightness of the tissues on the outside of the thigh. This occurs through overuse of the muscle and repetitive movements such as standing up and kneeling down. At Northern Spinal, we suggest using a foam roller to relieve tightness and improve comfort at work.
What Is Clinical Pilates? How Can It Treat Injured Tradies?
Clinical Pilates is a form of physiotherapy and is specifically used for relief from injury or pain, which is perfect when it comes to the treatment for injured Tradies.
While you might not think it, Pilates has a ton of benefits for your body. It specifically works by strengthening and conditioning your core and body. Clinical Pilates is also great for balance and coordination, as well as breathing and motor control. This type of healing has been used for years as a way to treat and prevent back pain. At Northern Spinal in Melbourne’s CBD there is a great group of physiotherapists that have made it their passion to help people that suffer with pain and discomfort.
Clinical Pilates is used to help with current injury but also to prevent future injuries and muscle strain from happening. It is used to better your posture and balance, along with the stability of your core. Moreover, it helps with improvement in other sports by increasing your strength and flexibility. If you’re a Tradie and you suffer from ongoing pain or recurring injuries, Clinical Pilates is a proven treatment option that can greatly reduce your pain and leave you feeling better than ever.
When Should You Start Clinical Pilates?
From the first sign of pain or discomfort you should see a physiotherapist to talk about joining Clinical Pilates. The number of visits and sessions that you should attend will depend on how extensive your injuries are. If you’re unsure about treatment options, then chat to a physiotherapist here at Northern Spinal with help you determine this.
If you do experience pain, it is very important not to ignore it. Leaving it for a long period of time and continuing with your work will cause more damage to the area and could lead to a point of no return.
If you have any questions in regards to Clinical Pilates, do not hesitate to call our team to arrange an appointment.