The widespread integration of computers within businesses has lead to a significant change in workplace habits. This sedentary change has had an adverse effect on employee health and well-being.
Many long term workplace injuries are easily preventable or resolved if seen to in a timely manner. Correct management of injuries is fundamental in preventing them escalating into Workers Compensation claims. For most employees, time and access to health professionals are the biggest barriers to proactively manage their health. Without correct intervention, these symptoms often progress to cumulative and long term disorders. Consequently, this will lead to increased absenteeism, workplace error and will ultimately reduce organisational productivity.
To combat these issues, Bodysmart provides Mobile Therapy Services. Qualified Therapists employ a range of therapeutic techniques to effectively manage symptoms and address lifestyle and workplace risk factors specific to the employee. This service is a non-disruptive cost effective way to manage risk, promote wellness and increase morale of a business’s most important assets – their staff. Concurrently, this health initiative will enhance an organisations profile to existing and prospective staff.
Bodysmart’s Mobile Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Service targets common workplace aches and pains through the provision of hands-on treatment, customised rehabilitation and education. Therapy services assist organisations to take a pro-active approach to manage the health of their workforce.
A recent study commissioned by Medibank Private on 3620 employees from corporate (74%) and small business (26%) revealed that 29% of Australia’s workforce suffers from back, neck or spinal problems and 14 % suffer from headaches and migraines(1). Cumulative trauma disorders (eg RSI) have been labelled the “fastest growing workplace illness” and are responsible for over 60% of all Worker’s Compensation Claims. In 2004, Australian Worker’s Compensation costs were $5.4 Billion(2).
(1) “The Health of Australia’s Workforce” (Nov 2005). Monash University. Medibank Private
(2) Attaran, B., & Wargo, D. (1999). Succeeding with ergonomics in computerized offices. Journal of Work Study, 48 (3), 92-99.