John Hobbs

Puncturing the pain away

May 17, 2018
Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of pain relief, dating back thousands of years to ancient Chinese medicine. Fit For Work physiotherapist Kelly Mabbett explains how acupuncture can be used in conjunction with other treatments to help aid healing and relieve pain. For a lot of people, the idea of having needles put into their body doesn’t conjure up particularly relaxing thoughts. But for many patients, relaxation is one of the main benefits they feel from acupuncture. A lot...
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Low back pain

April 30, 2018
Eighty per cent of the population will experience low back pain in their lifetime. Check out these tips from Fit For Work Physiotherapist Kelly Mabbett on how to combat pain and reduce your chances of being affected. Do you suffer from low back pain? If you do, you are not alone. Eighty per cent of people will experience low back pain at some point in their lives. It is one of the most common reasons for time off work and...

When pain becomes a strain

April 19, 2018
Aches and pains affect most of us at some point in our lives. But during our working years it could indicate something more complicated like work-related discomfort, pain and injury (DPI). In this blog, Fit For Work Physiotherapist and Physiotherapy Professional Advisor Sarah Trail explains the importance of diagnosing strain injuries and work-related DPI. Strain injuries can have a huge impact on all areas of our lives - home life, work life and our mental health. When you’re in pain,...

The "I" in Influenza

March 29, 2018
Influenza can have devastating effects on our personal and work lives. Absenteeism, loss of productivity, associated health issues and even death can all result from the flu. In this blog, Fit For Work Occupational Health Nurse and Service Coordinator Shona Urquhart talks about the importance of getting immunised to keep yourself and those around you safe this season. Influenza season is just around the corner and it can have a huge impact on workplaces across all industries. It infects about...

How's your balance?

March 21, 2018
Fit For Work Clinical Manager Randa Abbasi explores practical ways to achieve a greater sense of balance between your work and home life in part two of her blog series. Click here to check out part one of this blog where she explains the essence of work/life balance. Making an action plan is an important first step to take when looking at practical ways to have a more harmonious work/life balance. Professional Life In 2011, a study of almost 8000...

When you work too much

March 9, 2018
Fit For Work Clinical Manager Randa Abbasi explores the essence of work/life balance in part one of this blog series. Later this month she will discuss practical ways to achieve a greater sense of balance in our lives. “Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm, and harmony” - Thomas Merton. Having a healthy balance between your work and home life can feel like an uphill struggle at times. It’s no secret that life can be...

Working in hot weather

February 15, 2018
Did you know that New Zealand has the highest melanoma rate in the world, with more than 4000 Kiwis diagnosed with it each year? More than 300 people also die from it annually. To help prevent damage from the sun, including melanoma, you should always: wear a broad spectrum SPF sunscreen and reapply it at least every two hours cover up with loose-fitting clothes wear sunglasses to protect your eyes and a wide brimmed hat to protect your neck and...

Starting the conversation - key to workplace mental health

January 26, 2018
Mental health in the workplace is still an issue that many employers would prefer to brush under the carpet, according to Fit For Work Director and Occupational Medicine Specialist David Beaumont “While changes are being made across many industries to keep people mentally and physically well, there is still plenty of room for improvement,” he says. One of the barriers to improving mental health in the workplace is that many employers don’t know where to begin. “There is a real...