Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life.
At The Office Athlete, we focus on the physical wellness component of your health. We aim to make corporate wellbeing more personal and adapted to your inner athlete. If you’re primarily based at the desk, we provide self-assessments; physiotherapy preventative programs and education in order to keep any progressive build up of injuries at bay.
If you’re a weekend warrior, we also tailor our assessments to consider your inner athlete outside of the office – ensuring the specific sporting interests you have are able to be considered with our injury prevention programs
The search for the culprit:
Within the clinic setting, whether it be neck pain, shoulder pain, lower back pain, wrist pain etc, Physiotherapists tend to see the injury as how it presents. The beauty of heading out into the workplace to assess your work space and activities ensures we can find the culprit. In today’s society, we are unilateral creatures in the work we do and predominately have our posture focused on what is in front of us at the desk, on the iPad or on the phone. These habits and positions we incorpate in out day to day doings take up such a large portion of our hours awake. There’s no wonder injuries and niggles build up over time and then present as an injury.
So that’s where Physiotherapy can come in handy.
The Office Athlete was very proud to take a part in WellNes week at Nespresso’s head office in Sydney.
There was a range health initiatives going on to help promote a healthy lifestyle for this hard working team. There were beauty and style professionals about giving tips, yoga sessions to tap into your inner zen, along with a life coach to help detoxify the mind.
This all-rounded approach to health and wellbeing was strongly praised by the Nespresso team.
The Office Athlete’s role was onsite Physiotherapy. Jennifer assessed the office environment, individual workstations, work habits and go through a comprehensive history of any pre-existing injuries for the Nespresso staff. Individual Physiotherapy programs were provided to each employee, with specific stretching and strengthening exercises to address any pre-existing injuries that have occurred outside of work or may be exacerbated from work.
The Office Athlete followed up with the staff from their previous physiotherapy intervention and workstation assessment in September, and here’s what they have to say:
Marcus: Just wanted to say thank you for coming in last week and helping me with my office chair and how to sit properly. Since you have helped me with my chair it has been so much more comfortable, and I hardly have any back pain or neck pain. All in all I have experienced a massive improvement, so thank you very much
Oliver: Just wanted to say a massive thank you !! the small desk arrangement recommendations you made has made the world of difference.
Peter: My neck and wrist pain has improved so much since those changes to my work set up. I have noticed such a difference. You’re the best!
Onsite ergonomic assessment and onsite Physiotherapy consultations
130 workstations assessed
98% of employees required adjustments
36% required equipment changes or acquired
74% had a work related pain or injury
22% had a non-work related injury
76% had a non-work related Physiotherapy consult as well as an ergonomic consult
100% felt they benefitted from their previous assessment after a 2 month follow up
100% have felt a significant improvement in any pre-existing neck, shoulder and wrist pain after their Physiotherapy consult with The Office Athlete.
All in all – there were some happy customers!
Where else is Wellness?
From climbing walls and ping-pong tables to on site cafes and childcare services, Google’s wellness initiatives enhance their staff’s working experience by offering a wide variety of activities and services
Safety is the number one priority of Qantas and recently during safety week, Qantas staff we able to utilize a broad range of health professionals to ensure they are remaining in tip-top shape. Onsite during this health initiative there were nutrition consultations, vision and hearing checks, meditation stations, Physiotherapy, Iridology and nurse health checks.
In a nutshell:
What does wellness mean to you? Wellness is more than being free from illness. Wellness is a dynamic process of change and growth. There are many interrelated dimensions of wellness: physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, social, environmental, and occupational. Each dimension is equally vital in the pursuit of optimum health.
Perform social roles effectively and comfortably, and create a support network.
Enjoy your occupational endeavors and appreciate your contributions.
Maintain a healthy body and seek medical care when needed.
Have an open mind when you encounter new ideas and continue to expand your knowledge.
Understand your feelings and cope effectively with stress.
Develop a set of values that help you seek meaning and purpose.
Respect the delicate balance between the environment and ourselves.
Sometimes it’s the simple things
The Office Athlete