The first part of the programme focuses on physical wellbeing. It consists of strength and conditioning exercise stations followed by Pilates exercises, aiming to increase participant’s endurance, strength and flexibility. Whatever occupation a person has requires a certain level of cardiovascular fitness, which can be lost quickly if they become inactive or reduce their normal levels of activity following an injury or onset of certain conditions.
Functional strength and conditioning tasks to mimic job-specific activities including lifting weights overhead, step-ups, twist in standing, walking while carrying weights, sit to stand squats and step-ups, amongst others that could be easily adapted for participants with more specific job tasks.
Pilates exercises are included in the programme to enable patients to engage core muscles needed for bracing that is recommended for best practice in manual handle and lifting techniques.
The second part of the programme focuses on psychological wellbeing, by practising relaxation methods such as mindfulness and breathing techniques.
This aims to address the psychological aspect of health and the importance of stress management to enable patients to better manage their pain, as well as stressful situations that they may encounter on returning to work.
The final part of the programme focuses on social wellbeing. There is a group educational talk which covers a different topic over each of the six weeks. Topics include Exercise Benefits, Stress and Pain, Healthy Behaviours, Wellbeing and Sleep, Occupation and Flags, Moving Forward, Communication and Goal Setting.
The educational talks give participants a platform to ask questions and to discuss and share ideas on the different areas of health and wellbeing; and how they are important for returning to and remaining at work.
Social wellbeing is addressed by participants interacting in a group situation throughout the day of the programme as well as specifically in-group tasks in parts of the educational talk.
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