So finally I decided to give this a try and it ended up being a successful event of my life.. This is my very first step in raising awareness about my profession and its power, that helps people live a life free from physical stress.. So as I had mentioned in one of my previous blogs, that instead of celebrating just one day as a physiotherapy day, we could spend one day a month to create awareness about our profession..
And I’m happy to announce that I took my very first step by doing an observation of the people and how they work in the State bank of India J.M road branch, and then giving them a feedback of what I learnt from the observation..
So on the first day i observed how people at the bank used to work and their work station. Their working hours were considered and also their postures..
So the things i felt that put them under a high risk of musculoskeletal problems in future are as follows
- They work 8 hrs, comprising of sitting at the desk occupied with work after which they rarely get time for any form of exercise
- The posture – forward chin, protracted shoulders that increases the stress on the back muscles which are weak causing upper back and neck pain..
- Their chairs, which are without a proper lumbar support leading to low back pain.
- They height of the computer screens are not at the eye level.. They compensate eye movements with neck movements leading to increased use of cervical spine which could cause early wear and tear. Over time this could also contribute to poor vision because of less use of eye muscles..
- Constantly sitting in one place and less of physical activity puts them under a risk of gaining weight, which adds to the stress acting on their body..
- Their gait, indicates less strength of lower limbs as they walk with short steps and externally rotated limbs due to tight external rotators caused by prolonged sitting..
So exercises like chin tucks, shoulder shrugs, exercises for shoulder retractors, basic lower limbs exercises, for hips and knees, were taught and also advice on posture was given. Importance of exercise to build strength was taught.. Importance of pain and why it occurs was explained to them..
Overall, this experience of observational learning was amazing.. The fact that my observation skills and knowledge were put into practice to serve people in the community working for long hours in State bank was a moment of honour for me.. The interaction of the bank employees with me was great.. The best part was they openly shared all their problems of back pain and neck pain with me.. And that’s how I could offer them a solution with for their problems..
Hearing to their problems I realised that the Government should take measures to ensure a proper work station for people working at it..
At the end, when the employees were so grateful to me just because i had carried out such a study and helped them with a solution their problems i felt proud of my profession.. Those words “thank you mam” were worth every bit of the experience I had..
Last but not the least this experience made me realise that we as physical therapists can do alot for people outside hospital environment.. Physical therapists have the ability to make people realise that prevention is always better than cure.. And we are best at it..
Physiotherapy is still unknown to many people and this step of mine not only helped people in need, but made people realise the Power of Physical Therapy..