Workers may suffer back or neck pain in any type of workplace, from the warehouse to the corner office. This is because both heavy lifting and prolonged periods of sitting in front of a computer affect the musculoskeletal system. This type of pain affects even basic movements, and it may become exacerbated over time. Offering workers onsite chiropractic care alleviates this type of injury, ensuring workers stay healthy and productive.
How Employees Benefit
Healthy, pain-free employees are happy, productive employees. Studies show that chiropractic care offers a holistic approach to numerous ailments, from alleviating neck and back pain to lowering blood pressure. Employees undergoing chiropractic treatment receive instruction on preventive care that includes exercise and nutrition guidance for improved health overall.
Employee morale also climbs in a working environment in which management clearly demonstrates that employee health and well-being is a priority. Additionally, chiropractic care is nearly always less costly than traditional medical treatments, many of which are avoidable through spinal manipulation.
What employer doesn’t appreciate fewer onsite work-related injuries, lower rates of absenteeism due to illness or injury, and reduced medical costs? Chiropractic care reduces on-the-job injuries without expensive medical procedures or costly drug treatments. These reduced medical costs free up funds to invest in other areas of the business.
Improved employee health, meaning a workforce operating without pain, creates employees who are more productive and efficient, giving employers greater bang for their proverbial buck. It also improves employee morale, lowering turnover and increasing productivity levels even more.
Reduction in Healthcare Costs
A two-year study in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine suggests that onsite chiropractic care reduces employers’ healthcare costs. The study tracked costs for employees receiving chiropractic care onsite versus employees receiving offsite care. Researchers discovered that the onsite group required fewer chiropractic visits as well as fewer diagnostic screenings. Another finding was that the offsite group visited the emergency room more often than the onsite group did.
The study’s chiropractic patients (both onsite and offsite) experienced significant improvements in complaints such as neck pain, back pain, and headaches. Onsite patients, though, enjoyed these improvements in a shorter amount of time, and at reduced costs to the employer.
Anheuser-Busch conducted a similar study of its onsite chiropractic care, noting that absenteeism dropped by 22 percent while workplace accidents decreased by50 percent! The result was a 25 percent reduction in workers’ compensation premiums.
The research proves the benefits of onsite chiropractic care for both employees and employers. Improved health and reduced pain on one side and improved productivity and reduced absenteeism on the other: that is truly a win-win proposition.