This is a question that I have been asked consistently since I graduated just over 16 years ago. And I think given the title “Occupational Therapist” most people can be forgiven for assuming that my job is to find people an “occupation” or a job….and who can blame them for that! Occupation actually refers to the occupations or life roles that are important to people; whether that be work, or any other activity that is meaningful in their life such as caring for children, preparing a meal, getting dressed, gardening or maintaining a leisure pursuit. The primary goal of an OT is to enable people to participate in the activities of every day life. The beauty about the role of an Occupational Therapist, is that there are so many different areas that OT’s can choose to work; vocational rehabilitation, cardiology, […]
We know that sitting all day in the office is bad for our health. So, what can we do about it? Over the next week we will look at some conservative methods we can put in place to reduce our exposure to sitting, but first I thought we would take a look at the “Treadmill Desk”. Yes it really exists!! Instead of sitting all day, you can walk at a slow pace and burn some calories in the office. Save you time in going to the gym or walking after work?!
As an Occupational Therapist, I have always strived to maintain good sitting posture, be aware of my office ergonomics and live a healthy and active lifestyle. So it is somewhat alarming to realise that 30 minutes of exercise every day is not enough to counter-act the effects of sitting all day at work. From a personal perspective I was quietly excited to think that there was something else that I could do for my health rather than face that run that I dread every afternoon, but from a professional perspective I realised that it would be a challenge to change the habits and expectation of what a typical office worker should do all day…….SIT.
Nicole Marshall, founder of CWRS, initially established her private practice on the Sunshine Coast in 2007 as a member of the team at Coastal Physiotherapy. When she and her business partner took over this business in 2007 they transformed the practice from a solely Physiotherapy practice to a comprehensive and holistic treatment centre, incoroporating the roles of Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Remedial Massage Therapy and Psychology.
OT Nicole conducts an Ergonomic Workstation Assessment