Bosses, Business Owners Take Note…Back pain, neck pain, and headaches are the leading cause of work-related disability and missed days of work. You obviously care about your workers’ well-being and the corporate bottom line so why not help your business and your staff out at the same time! Many businesses now realize that workers demonstrating consistently sub-standard productivity are just as detrimental to the bottom line, if not more so, than those who are absent from work.
It is often seen that workplace health care programs that include chiropractic care reduce what you pay for employees’ chronic illnesses such as coronary heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. A decrease in absenteeism, a lower employee turnover and improved worker satisfaction and morale are other benefits seen in organizations that promote health and continue to educate their employees concerning wellness and preventative health care alternatives. By showing your workers that you care about their well-being, you’re well on your way to not only a healthier staff but a more productive one as well.
Let me share with you a study that was performed by Dr. Joanne Nyiendo of Oregon comparing work time lost when comparing treatment by chiropractors and medical doctors. This study was a report on the loss of time from work for people who visited doctors of chiropractic versus those who visited medical doctors for treatment of low back pain. The median missed days of work for individuals with a similar severity of injury was 9.0 days for those visiting doctors of chiropractic and 11.5 for individuals visiting medical doctors. Individuals visiting chiropractors more often returned to work having missed one week or less of work days. The median days of missed work for individuals who had chronic back pain and visited medical doctors was 34.5 days while the median days of missed work for those visiting doctors of chiropractic was 9 days.
Research shows that for every dollar spent on wellness care in the work place, there is a drop in absenteeism costs of about $2.73 and about a $3.27 in reduced medical costs. You have a stake in the health and well-being of your employees. Their physical and mental status—whether they exercise and eat well, suffer from a chronic illness or are obese—affect how well they perform on the job. And that drives your business success.
A service that we at Spoelstra Family Chiropractic offer is to visit your work place to help to educate your staff on wellness practices including the importance of the spine in improving or maintaining optimal health. We have found that once people learn how integral the spine is to one’s overall health, many choose to take the next step to health and wellness by incorporating chiropractic care into their health care regime. The education we provide to your staff will leave them much more knowledgeable about how the nervous system is affected by the spine. If the nervous system has interference by a misaligned bone in the spine, the many organs and tissues of your body won’t be able to function properly and possibly cause disease, pain or other ill health.
Give us a call at 208-677-7434 or stop by and see us at 370 E. Kathleen Ave., Suite 600, Coeur d’Alene to inquire about how we can help you and your staff to live a healthier and happier new year! You can also find us on the web at www.CDAHealth.com and on Facebook and Twitter.
Reference: Myiendo, Joanne. “Disability Low Back Oregon Workers’ Compensation Claims. Part II: Time Loss.” Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 1991 14(4); 231-239.
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