A Chartered Society of Physiotherapy initiative to promote mental and physical wellbeing at work will see Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust physiotherapists joining up with local RAF servicemen to promote the annual ‘Work out at Work Day’ on Wednesday 19th July.
Chartered Oxford Health physiotherapists at the Wallingford, Witney, Didcot, Abingdon, Henley and Bicester hospitals will be setting up stationary bikes, treadmills and rowing machines in patient waiting areas, and encouraging staff and visitors to drop in between 10 am and 2 pm to contribute to the total distance covered at each site.
The physiotherapy team at each site will also be on hand to offer advice on how to be more active at work. But the Wallingford Physio team are getting an extra helping hand from Royal Air Force Benson in Wallingford: RAF servicemen will be joining them to rack up the numbers on their exercise equipment.
“We are keen that as many members of staff, as well as patients, take part in the activities as possible,” said Marie-Clare Wadley, a musculoskeletal physiotherapist at Oxford Health and Joint Chair for the South Central Chartered Society Of Physiotherapy network.
“One of the aims of the event is to raise awareness of the role physiotherapy plays in helping people lead active and healthier lifestyles. As movement experts , we are best placed to advise on effective exercise as well as activities that can be easily done during a working day.
It will hopefully improve staff understanding of what they can achieve and what physiotherapy achieves for patients.” “As physiotherapists, we see effect sedentary lifestyles can have all the time. It is important to try and take a break and walk around every 20 minutes or so, and explore other ways of getting active: 30 minutes of gentle exercise can assist with many conditions, and studies have shown that it can reduce anxiety by as much as 48%, and the risk of knee arthritis by 41%.”
Andrew Gillett from RAF Benson said: “We’re delighted to be taking part in this event with the physiotherapy department.
“The physical and emotional wellbeing of our Service personnel is vital to ensuring they are fighting fit so we understand how important it is to keep the community moving.
“The support our local community provides to RAF Benson is fantastic so we are really happy that we can return the favour!”