As an employer, you want your employees to be healthy and able to come to work and be productive. As an employee, you don’t want to miss out on work hours or other important life activities due to sickness or chronic pain. Chiropractic care can help everyone in the workplace. Here’s how:
1. Reduced Absenteeism
Healthy employees are present employees. Most people want to feel well so they can be productive at work and home. Frequent sickness or injury that keeps employees out of work can be difficult for both employees and employers. Back pain is one of the leading causes of missed workdays and disability in the US.
Most back pain can be avoided with regular spinal maintenance. A chiropractor can evaluate a person’s spine for past injury, signs of posture problems, and other causes of back pain. They can treat these problems with chiropractic adjustment and other therapies like spinal decompression, and posture rehabilitation to treat existing problems and prevent future injury.
Several peer-reviewed studies indicate that chiropractic care can boost the immune system. Many people think of chiropractors as “bone doctors,” but they actually treat the nervous system via the spine. The spinal cord and the peripheral nerves that branch off it are affected by the vertebrae. Misalignments and injuries in the spine can put pressure on nerves and disrupt their function. Since the nervous system and the immune system are integrally connected, a healthy spine can improve general health.
Fewer sick days are a benefit that both workers and employers can get behind.
2. Better Focus and Productivity
Employees need to have an ergonomic working environment, but the best chair in the world won’t keep some people from hunching forward. Bad posture causes neck pain and injury and can lead to chronic pain. Office workers who struggle with neck pain often have difficulty focusing at work and can feel miserable by the end of the workday. Chiropractors help patients correct their posture, so they don’t injure themselves by working. Less discomfort during the workday means happier, more productive employees.
Office workers aren’t the only ones to reap these benefits. People working in blue-collar and manual labor jobs are at an increased risk of back injury and chronic pain. Regular chiropractic care and education can help these workers practice proper on-the-job posture to avoid injury. Chiropractic care is used on professional athletes to improve their range of motion and coordination. This, in turn, makes them perform better and decreases their chances of getting hurt. People who do manual labor need chiropractic care for the same reasons. Your body is your most important tool, and keeping it pain-free and able to move smoothly will improve productivity on the job and help prevent work-related injuries.
3. Improved Sleep
Many Americans struggle to get the sleep they need. Sleeplessness can be caused by poor sleep hygiene practices, a sleep disorder or mental health problem, or stress. Chiropractic care can help improve sleep by addressing the specific causes of a patient’s sleep problems. Chiropractic adjustment has been shown to reduce stress and tension, a common cause of sleep problems. It also helps the nervous system function better and mitigates some of the distress caused by anxiety, depression, and sleep disorders. Chiropractors also educate patients about healthy bedtime habits, diet, and other things that can impact sleep.
Holistic care that addresses sleep problems can prevent fatigue in the office. Since fatigue is a common cause of on-the-job accidents, this can really pay off. If you struggle with sleep, you may feel that it affects your mood, work, and relationships. It’s an important part of human health that often goes unaddressed. Seeing a chiropractor about your sleep problems can help you feel better at home and work.
4. As an Employee Wellness Program
Many companies provide wellness programs to their employees and have reaped the benefits of a healthier workforce. When employees are incentivized to take care of their health, they can perform better at work and need less expensive health care. Not to mention the huge benefits they experience in their personal lives. Small companies may not be able to afford to sign on with employee wellness programs, but chiropractors can fill many of the same roles.
Incentivizing employees to see a chiropractor is a cost-effective way for small businesses to help their employees be more health-conscious. A chiropractor will provide care for existing conditions and health education similar to that received in wellness programs. They typically advise patients on how to eat and exercise for their health needs. They will refer them to a different medical provider if they suspect a problem they can’t treat. Seeing a chiropractor regularly can help patients catch problems before they become serious, and regular adjustments can prevent painful back issues before they start.
5. To Help Employees Work Better From Home
Recently many of us have moved our offices home, and some of us have experienced pain as a result. You may have had a lovely setup for your computer at your office that your kitchen table just can’t replicate. If your new working environment isn’t ergonomic, you may experience back and neck pain or headaches. Or you may feel fatigued sooner than you did in the office.
Chiropractors can give you tips on economical ways to make your home office more back-friendly. They may suggest easy hacks like putting a pillow behind your lower back. Or, if sitting itself is the problem, they can help you transition to a standing workspace. Of course, they can also fix the damage that your current setup has done. Did we mention that chiropractic care can help you feel less stressed? Even if you love working from home, transitions can be difficult. Your chiropractor is there to support your health as you adapt.
At Stanlick Chiropractic, we offer comprehensive chiropractic care and health education to our patients. This month you can take advantage of our Labor Day special and experience life-changing chiropractic care for only $29.