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We ran across an article in Yahoo Finance this week that talked about how the recession and financial stress affects America’s health. Many workers have had their pay cut, health benefits cut and their workload increased. According to the article, Thirty-five percent of middle class Americans said they or someone in their household has experienced a physical symptom of stress related to the economy, according to a recent report by First Command Financial Services, a financial service provider.

As the economic recovery struggles, many Americans are left with feelings of despair, worry about their jobs and the future of our nation. Further, many have put off doctor’s visits and opting out of proactive healthcare as a result of the recession according to the survey by First Command. Twenty-six percent of those surveyed said that they have put off doctor visits due to economic conditions — up from 15% in 2010

In my opinion this public health crisis reaches deep into the American workforce, resulting in low productivity, absenteeism and low employee morale. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), stress can manifest in such physical symptoms as headaches, neck and back pain, anxiety, sleep disturbances and many other symptoms. The CDC recommends various ways to combat stress, such as getting support from your family, staying active, avoiding alcohol/drugs and taking time for yourself.

What happens when the stress is manifested in physical symptoms? Headaches, neck pain, back pain, general aches and pains are all musculoskeletal issues that can be addressed with Deep Tissue Intervention (DTI) from Industrial Massage, Inc. Our Therapists are specially trained to read body language, interpret verbal cues and apply advanced deep tissue techniques proven to reduce pain and task difficulties while improving function and employee morale. We are available on site and the sessions are considered first aid by OSHA, therefore saving vital funds and helping employees get back to their work stations and perform productively without the pain disturbance.

“Employers suffer a huge cost in lost productivity every day from workers who are on the job but unable to perform at their best because of a health issue — such as musculoskeletal pain. The cost of this impaired functionality now has a name — “presenteeism” — and it exceeds the combined cost of medical treatment and absenteeism by at least two-to-one.”

- Sean Sullivan, CEO, Institute for Health and Productivity Management

Contact us for more specific information, as it relates to your workforce environment, and a demonstration of how Deep Tissue Intervention and Industrial Massage can increase your productivity and profit.

Massage at the Workplace

Massage at the workplace has been becoming increasingly popular over the last several years.  Organizational leaders and managers have opted to have massage available for their employees for a variety of reasons such as stress relief, increasing employee morale, pain intervention and reducing workplace injuries.  It is important that the leaders and managers choose the right program to meet their organizational needs. There are numerous styles and disciplines of massage available, which can make the decision-making process a nightmare. The purpose of this article is to demystify massage and offer valuable information about the forms of massage that may be utilized at the workplace.

Chair Massage

Chair Massage or seated massage requires a special device known as a massage chair. The individual remains fully clothed and sessions generally last from 15-30 min which makes this a popular option for the workplace. In general, the sessions may be paid for by the individual or the employer; the session is limited to the neck, shoulders, and upper back and the upper extremities. Chair Massage may fit nicely into an employee wellness program or as an employee reward. However, generally there are no reports to the organization that may reveal problematic trends that affect attendance or productivity.

Industrial Massage®

Industrial Massage® utilizes a proprietary technique known as Deep Tissue Intervention (DTI). DTI is designed as a first aid intervention for minor aches, pains and task difficulties that are commonly seen in the workplace. Like Chair Massage, the individual remains full clothed, the session lasts 15 minutes, however in contrast the session is performed on a massage table in order to address the individual’s specific soft tissue distortions that are related to their aches, pains and tasks difficulties. Industrial Massage® is a comprehensive program designed to identify, address and report problematic trends in the population that can affect attendance, productivity and worker’s compensation injury claims. Industrial Massage® and Deep Tissue Intervention are considered first aid according to OSHA requirements and are not recordable; therefore Industrial Massage® is a vital part of injury prevention and work hardening programs which are paid for by the employer.

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