Construction work is one of the most physically demanding jobs there is, with 30% of construction workers suffering from back issues at some point in their careers. Although many injuries or niggles are rectifiable, the majority of builders continue to suffer in silence, with shoulder and knee pain stated as one of leading causes of lost working days in the UK.
In a bid to battle against this rising endemic, Gibbs & Dandy has commenced the roll out of free physiotherapy sessions across its branches. The first two sessions, hosted for customers and staff in Stevenage and Kettering, invited people to receive free advice and treatment for their injuries from Urban Body, with the expert’s team on hand to deliver step-by-step plans and effective hands-on therapy for conditions that may have otherwise gone untreated.
Phil Evans, Urban Body’s Lead Physiotherapist, said: “We are touring Gibbs & Dandy branches up and down the country to help customers feeling the effects of their physically demanding jobs. The issues we’re seeing are flat feet, aching legs and sore lower backs due to wear and tear and lifting awkward loads.
“Our team of physios are offering free strengthening advice for the trunk, core and hamstrings, as well as hands on treatment including spine mobilisation, soft tissue work and massage to the lower back and glutes. We look forward to helping many more people by equipping them with the tools they need to stay pain free as they work.”
Pilot sessions in Stevenage and Kettering were so successful that Gibbs & Dandy will now be rolling out the programme nationwide in 2022.
Jason Cadogan, the merchant’s Head of Marketing, explained: “Jobs within this industry can be very physically taxing, for some pain can be a constant and it can have an extremely detrimental effect on their life and work. Gibbs & Dandy is committed to helping our customers in any way we can.
“We couldn’t be happier with the way this scheme has been received and are thrilled to be able to roll this out to other branches and support as many of our hardworking customers as we can.”
The main image shows (L-R): Mark Evan, Physio Phil Evans, Jamie Eldred, Joe Gale, Dan Boddington, Manager Tim Atkins, Physio Dahlia Labrenz, and Benlamino Mastrangelo.