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Tradies take care of their tools more than they take care of their health, study reveals

A new study reveals that tradies are almost twice as likely to take care of their tools than their health despite having one of the highest injury rates of any occupation. The Empirica Research commissioned by the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) was released on Wednesday to mark the launch of Tradies National Health Month.

No tradies, being in pain is not part of your job!

Most people are aware that being a tradie is a physically demanding job, but most of us don't realise how much of a battering tradies actually take during their day-to-day work lives.

Research shows tradies take better care of their tools than their health

Aussie tradies are almost twice as likely to take good care of their tools as their bodies despite having one of the highest injury rates of any occupation according to research by the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) released today to mark the launch of Tradies National Health Month.

STUDY | Tradies Care More About Their Tools Than Themselves

New research suggests local tradies are more likely to take better care of their tools than their bodies. The findings have been released to coincide with Tradies National Health Month. The stats also show almost two-thirds (64 per cent) of Aussie tradies have been injured in their current job, with many failing to see a doctor.

IBASafe a long-term approach to brewing safety

Like any industry brewing has its hazards, but the Independent Brewers Association is working to make it as safe as possible. The Association has partnered with Victual Risk Management to launch the IBASafe Manual in April 2018. Prior to launching, Victual worked with Akasha Brewing Co to pilot the program and ensure it covered everything the brewing industry needed.

Rest is not ‘just what the doctor ordered’ for chronic pain

Advice to rest and avoid pain has traditionally been given to people with chronic pain. However, research linking lower back pain in teens with work absenteeism as adults points to the need to tackle pain early, eliminating fear-avoidance behaviour later in life. During National Pain Week (23–29 July) the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) is highlighting the effectiveness of physiotherapy in pain management programs.

Physios urged to get behind National Tradies Month

Physiotherapists are being encouraged to get onboard Tradies National Health Month this August, to help raise awareness of the health and injury risks affecting those who work in trade occupations.

Why Some Experts Are Saying Perfect Posture Is A Myth

Remember being reprimanded as a child for slouching? Parents and teachers would instruct us so often to sit up straight that it became a deeply ingrained belief slouching would inevitably lead to back problems.

My mindful physio career – By APA member Georgie Davidson

“In my early years as a physiotherapist I spent a lot of time beating myself up. Trying so hard to ‘fix’ the pain that my patients presented with I felt that I could never do enough. I was never good enough. My clinical reasoning skills where adequate, I had an eye for movement and extrasensory perception through my fingers. Nevertheless, when I listened to the painful stories that my patients shared I could feel the depth of their suffering and it felt that there was something missing from my skill tool box."

Go on, take a break: your life could quite literally depend on it

Studies have found that sitting for too long can play a direct role in an early death – #yikes. Don’t worry too much, though. After reading the results of these studies, we quite literally got off our bums and sought out an expert who could tell us how to reverse this trend, stat. Introducing APA Physiotherapist and National Chair of the APA Occupational Health Physiotherapist Group, David Hall, expert on all things sitting.

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