Tradespeople need Remedial Massage in their Toolkit
A tradesman's health is their most vital tool, yet Australian tradespeople experience some of the highest claims of injury and time off work compared to other industry workers.
Over 30% of work-related injury cases are related to manual handling or body stressing claims (Body stressing injuries include muscle strains, back conditions, and tendonitis/tenosynovitis). While efficient and effective Occupational Health and Safety practices are now compulsory, musculoskeletal disorders, joint and ligament injuries and wounds still account for over 70% of all cases. Consequently putting in place a preventative program that involves remedial massage alongside good occupational health practices could bring around fewer aches and pains and a better functional working life.
The four most typical areas that tradespeople experience pain and injury are the necks, back, elbows and knees. Here's how remedial massage can help:
Remedial therapists use their professional training and knowledge to provide therapeutic benefits that have a scientific basis, unlike a general masseur. Remedial therapists can provide pain relief by working on specific areas that trigger a natural release of endorphins, your body's pain-relieving hormones. Aside from this, kneading, rubbing and twisting of soft tissue generally feels nice! It also boosts the flow of blood and oxygen to your muscles. All that increased circulation flushes waste products such as lactic and uric acid out of your muscles.
Loosen Up Tight Muscles
A massage is most people's go-to whenever we're feeling sore or tight after a long day at work. Even if a practitioner does not perform it, self-administered massage feels great on tired muscles. A tradesman's job has high physical demand, and it's no wonder their muscles often feel sore and 'knotted' from constant twisting, bending down and lifting heavy objects. A remedial therapist will use a variety of methods to loosen your muscles. Remedial massage breaks down knots and adhesions and helps improve posture and flexibility. Both are important when it comes to staying active and pain-free.
Help Stiff Joints
Tradespeople commonly experience joint pain. Repetitive lifting, gripping, drilling and kneeling affect the knees and elbows. Remedial massage can help reduce aches and pains and loosen up sore muscles and joints. Subsequently improving your joint flexibility and range of motion (ROM).
Promotes Optimal Health
Our bodies have over 600 muscles that keep us moving, it's essential we give them some regular love and attention. Remedial massage not only helps to reduce muscle tension and, aches and pains that arise on the work site, but it also has an enormously positive impact on your mobility as you age. If you're on a quest for life-long optimal health, a professional remedial massage therapist can help you stay in your trade longer. Make remedial massage part of your routine.