Work Hardening Program (WHP)

What is a Work Hardening Program (WHP)?

WHP is a physiotherapy-based and active rehabilitation program that is designed for clients who have not returned to their full job duties after being off work due to musculoskeletal injuries and pain, especially after 3 months, (Mayer et al. 1984).

The program is specifically meant to increase the participant’s level of conditioning and physical tolerance in preparation to return to work, or to increase present work duties.

Goals of WHP are:

Components of WHP:

Most commonly, a Work Hardening Program is recommended at 3-5 sessions per week, for 6-8 weeks, depending on the participant’s level and type of job to which participant returns to. The client is expected to spend from 1 to 3 up to 4 hours in facility. The length of the session will gradually increase, as the worker exercise tolerance and functional abilities are improving. These sessions can be optimally provided up to 8 hours/day, with a frequency of 5 days/week for 8 weeks (Mayer et al. 1984). 


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Queen West Physiotherapy
345 Queen Street West
Brampton, Ontario
L6Y 3A9
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18 King Street East
Bolton, Ontario
L6Y 3A9
ProHealth Physiotherapy
1230 Tynegrove Road
Mississauga, Ontario
L4W 3A3



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