Having worked as a chiropractic assistant for some time, I realised that there were many people suffering with pain right here in County Durham and the surrounding areas.
What surprised me the most, was the amount of time people had been suffering with pain or ill health, but continued to ignore the symptoms sometimes for up to as long as 10 years. I began to question that fact. Why do we British just shut up and put up with, and ignore the symptoms until we are at breaking point either physically or mentally and the end result could be absenteeism from work? We all know how important it is for our sense of worth and wellbeing to have work in our lives, so why do we reach breaking point before seeking help? Is it because we British are programmed to crack on regardless and hope the problem disappears, or is it that we are just so busy working 5 or 6 days a week that we rarely have time to think about our own bodies, and listen to the warning signals? Is it because we are afraid to ask for help, or we don’t know where to go for help, or is it simply that we always put ourselves last? There could be a million answers to the reason, but it became very clear to me that as musculoskeletal specialists we needed to help in some way. Instead of rehabilitating people back in to the workplace following absenteeism, it would make good sense to try to educate people on the prevention of illness rather than rehabilitation. [Read more…] about Wellbeing at work