Workplace Wellness and Physical Therapy

Workplace Wellness and Physical Therapy

June 18 2018

Workplace Wellness and Physical Therapy: Is There a Link?

Workforce Safety and Physiotherapy The average person spends eight (8) hours or more in the workplace. Occupational hazards and risks are prevalent in a work environment, especially one with prolonged periods of sitting.

A healthy and productive work environment is a benefit for the employee and the employer. From an early emphasis on safety and injury prevention, the focus for employers is gradually shifting towards fitness and longevity.



Risks to the health and well-being of the workforce include:

•Musculoskeletal pain and discomfort related to poor ergonomics at the workstation
•Weight gain and obesity (a result of sedentary jobs)
•Heart and lung related diseases

Change Starts at the Top

Workplace wellness programs are driven by the leadership of the company. General guidelines to promote workplace wellness include:

Step 1: Speak with your supervisor, or someone in human resources to request a wellness exercise and physiotherapy

Step 2: Obtain approval and support of key decision makers.

Step 3: Acknowledge and build on any existing wellness initiatives (if they exist).

Step 4: Conduct a survey among staff members to identify health and wellness preferences

Step 5: Work with qualified professionals to develop a plan.

Step 6: Promote and implement the plan.

Step 7: Implement a monitoring and evaluation tool to assess how the program is working.

Step 8: Analyze the findings of the assessment to modify the program as needed to ensure it remains relevant and engaging.

Physical activity programs for the workplace can include:

•Group exercise
•Competitive sports
•Recreational sports

Individualized fitness prescription can include:

•Weight loss programs
•Cardio-respiratory (heart healthy) programs
•Nutrition and healthy eating plans

Let Us Help You Set Up Your Wellness Program

Physical therapist assisting young caucasian woman with exerciseA healthy and happy staff member is a valuable asset to any company. Improved well-being leads to higher job satisfaction and improved retention rates. There is a direct correlation between high productivity and a healthy and fit workforce.

When designing or adopting a workplace wellness program, invite a physical therapist to be a member of the planning team to ensure that a wellness profile is conducted for all employees.

A physical therapist can indeed help improve health and productivity at work. Ask your management to contact us to discover the benefits of physical therapy. If you are in a management position, we can start with an assessment of the ergonomic environment in your company. Call us today to learn more!

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