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The Price of Stress

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.