Workplace Wellness

We are pleased to announce Workplace Wellness for downtown Pittsburgh corporations! We have had the pleasure of taking care of athletes, computer workers, construction workers, massage therapists, CEO’s, mothers, newborns, you name it.

Why would a business, and their employees need Workplace Wellness?

While the field of ergonomics is over 50 years old, only in the past decade has it become mainstream, at least as it applies to computer workstations. There are hundreds, make that thousands, of products on the market that are ergonomic (which translates to expensive!) Ergonomics is not a label; it is a systematic approach to analyzing how a task is performed and the environment in which it is performed, making changes, and reassessing the outcomes. Having a good ergonomic program is a benefit, not an expense. An effective ergonomics program increases productivity while decreasing risk factors for work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSD,) also known as repetitive strain injuries (RSI.)

In 2009, the most recent data available from the Bureau of labor Statistics, RSI/MSD were the most prevalent cause (68%) of workers compensation injuries involving missed work days (555,872 injuries).

  • Back injuries accounted for 43% of RSI/MSD with 237,160 lost time injuries, requiring an average of 7 days to recover.
  • Shoulder injuries accounted for over 13% of lost time RSI/MSD (74,064) with an average of 22 lost days for each injury.
  • Wrist RSI/MSD, including Carpal Tunnel Syndrome accounted for 6.5% of lost time injuries (36,107) with an average of 14-25 lost days (21 for CTS.)
  • Workers in the 45-54 year age group accounted for 25% of all reportable (lost time) injuries. Companies with an aging workforce have special ergonomic needs to address.

Benefits Employees Because…

  • Paid time off for vacation rather than recovery.
  • Safer workplace.
  • Reduced health expenses.
  • Higher job satisfaction.
  • Higher self-esteem.
  • Higher job satisfaction.
  • Higher employee morale.
  • Decreased stress.
  • Increased energy and focus.

Results In…

  • Healthier and more informed workforce.
  • Reduced injuries and sickness.
  • Lower absenteeism.
  • Attraction and retention of key employees.
  • Improved corporate image.
  • Increased workforce productivity.
  • Cost-effective health management service.
  • Prevention is the central theme of cutting medical costs.

Did You Know? Chiropractors are PCP’s (Primary Care Physicians) and can diagnose, treat or send an injured employee directly to the right form of care, rather than routing him/her through a series of providers. This saves employers money because most general MD’s are not trained in musculoskeletal issues and tend to send out to a specialist, or worse, prescribe an opioid, when a simple manual intervention and patient education may be all that is needed.


Businesses that use a Chiropractor for Wellness Programs see:

reduction in sick leave absenteeism
reduction in the use of health care benefits, and
reduced workers’ compensation claims and disability management
(“Meta-evaluation of Worksite Health Promotion Economic Return Studies”, The American Journal of Health Promotion, 2003)

Bottom Line

  • Employers pay lower rates over time if their employees use fewer health services.
  • Employers can save $6.65 in health care expenses for every dollar spent on a comprehensive employee wellness program (Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, April 2008).
  • 1.8 million work-related musculoskeletal disorders are logged every year resulting in $15-20 billion in workers’ compensation costs alone (Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 2003).

Blue Cross Blue Shield Study…

People that use a Chiropractor as their PCP had a:

decrease in hospital admissions
decrease in hospital days
decrease in outpatient surgeries and procedures, and
reduction in pharmaceutical costs

LINK: Clinical utilization and cost outcomes from an int… [J Manipulative Physical Ther. 2007] – PubMed


Ergonomic Impact

Economic efficiency in maintaining optimal health is of high importance for individuals and for corporations. Proper posture paired with efficient ergonomic design during work activities promotes higher levels of productivity, lower levels of absenteeism, and injury prevention. A healthy corporate bottom line begins with healthy employees.

Worker Compensation Decreased Up To 90% With Ergonomic Program

In this research review, MacLeod (2006) explains 25 ways in which proper ergonomics can save businesses money. He explains that ergonomic programs decrease worker’s compensation cases by 60% to 90% and that businesses should expect to save 25 cents per hour per employee who participate in an ergonomic program. Another benefit of the implementation of an ergonomic program that supports proper posture while performing work-related tasks is increased productivity. According to MacLeod, productivity increases 10-15% with the implementation of a postural ergonomic program.

MacLeod, D. (2006) 25 Ways Ergonomics can save you money, The Ergonomics Kit for General Industry, Taylor and Francis 2nd Edition.

Ergonomic Programs Payback In Less Than One Year

Goggins et al. (2008), demonstrate the effectiveness of ergonomic interventions by explaining the cost-benefit analysis of implementation. The reported payback period of the initial investment for an ergonomic program was less than one year. Contributing factors to a quick payback period for ergonomic programs are increased productivity, decreased absenteeism, and less reported injuries.

Goggins, R. (2008) Cost Benefit measurement of Ergonomic Programs. Journal of Safety Research, 39: 339-344.

Posture Programs Shown To Be Highly Effective

Postural hygiene programs are considered effective in preventing low back pain. Postural ergonomic programs that provide participants with motivating strategies and actions to change their health are considered highly effective. When Posture Experts take the initiative to educate local corporations and schools of the economic advantages of a postural hygiene program, the program should be designed in a way that inspires the audience to take action. Providing employees with postural hygiene tips that they can implement right away in their career and lifestyle will positively impact their work output and prevent back pain. Healthy employees render positive returns.

Mendez, F. et al. (2001). Postural hygiene program to prevent low back pain. Spine 26(11) 1280-1286.

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What Can We Do For You?

Dr. Jeff Schoeller and the team at Verve work closely with many of the companies in downtown Pittsburgh to provide Workplace Wellness at all levels in an organization. Whether blue collar labor, demonstrating correct techniques to prevent fatigue and injury, to white collar ergonomic evaluations.  Educating your team to produce more efficiently and with less injury is our goal.

We can be as hands-on as you like.  Providing chair massage & even yoga/Pilates classes is our specialty!

We have many Lunch & Learn topics that will fulfill your company’s goal of creating a healthy work environment while having a little fun.  And, possibly learn something, too!