Corporate Chiropractic Care in the workplace
Workplace productivity has become a major concern for New Zealand businesses. In a difficult economy, we need our employees to be able to work in the most efficient way possible. Cutting services to employees, especially health benefits, has become a worldwide trend. But this trend misses the forest for the trees. Why? Let’s take back pain as an example. 75 percent of all New Zealanders suffer from back pain at some stage of their lives, making it New Zealand’s number one occupational health and safety problem. Back injuries are now a major factor affecting the performance of our workforce. The lesson: take care of your employees’ health now and avoid ongoing and expensive health problems later.
Why Chiropractic care?
Most New Zealanders make their living by sitting down for eight hours a day, which can cause serious back problems. We need to give our workers proper training and education on ergonomics and biomechanics, postural tips, and prevention strategies against fatigue and mainly upper-body and extremity disorders and injuries resulting from extended sitting.
When we’re not sitting, we’re doing a lot of lifting – just under a third of all the workplace injuries that ACC pays out for are related to lifting. By the end of 2010, there were 67,000 active ACC claims, all thanks to bad lifting technique in the workplace. Correct lifting technique is easy to learn – but it requires proper training.
Bringing the Chiropractor to the office
Sending employees through a series of offsite health providers is expensive. That is why onsite chiropractic care is becoming more and more attractive to the corporate world. An onsite chiropractor can quickly and efficiently diagnose and treat workers, and if necessary refer the patient out for other forms of care.
Preventative healthcare makes for a healthy and happy workforce, which is always good for business. Implementing an onsite chiropractic care program can:
- Save money by decreasing sick leave and absenteeism
- Save money by retaining key talent through boosted morale
- Help to reduce costs related to stress related illness claims
- Save money through increased productivity and creativity through motivated staff who feel their employer cares about their health and wellness.
For staff, chiropractic care:
- Relieves muscle tension in neck, shoulders, arms and wrists from repetitive use of computer keyboards or poor lifting practices
- Relieves back pain and improves posture
- Relieves headaches and migraines
- Reduces stress, fatigue and anxiety
- Relieves eyestrain and improves mental focus and concentration
- Stimulates and increases blood circulation
- Increases health awareness
- Boosts team members morale
Return on Investment
It is difficult for companies to invest in healthcare plans for their employees when difficult financial conditions are squeezing them from all sides. But a smart initial investment in a healthcare plan will produce ongoing savings for many years to come.
Some of the most common conditions Chiropractors treat:
- Low Back and Leg pain
- Shoulder and Neck pain
- Headaches and Migraines
- Poor posture
- Work injury and repetitive strain
- Carpal tunnel and compartment disorders
- Knee, Hip and Ankle injury
- Muscular and ligamentous sprains and strains
- Osteoarthritis, Scoliosis
- Sports injury; Rotator cuff tears, Tennis and Golfers Elbow
- Sciatica and Disc problems
We have three main investment structures to suit the individual needs of a growing company:
Company pays: This scenario, allows team members to forget about whether or not they can afford Chiropractic Care, and it makes the company look great.
Subsidies: This scenario is the most common. Staff are able to reap the benefits of this service and by offering a subsidy this opens up the opportunity to all personal budgets.
Everyone pays separately: This scenario is the least common.
Go the extra mile you can provide health care benefits to all of your team members and their families with little or no increased cost to you the employer.
The Mainfreight Health Centre started on the 17 April 2008. It has evolved from a pilot programme to permanent fixture in the last nine years. “It evolved fast as the workers were quick to respond to the opportunity of chiropractic healthcare “in-house”. It saved time being able to have care only metres away from their desks. It also created a buzz around the office and team members would see who could sit the straightest on the chairs. Within 12 month’s I had visited all of the Mainfreight brands and branches in Auckland,” says Dr McAllister. “Mainfreight takes a proactive approach to looking after the health and wellbeing of its team. Mainfreight has a strong and unique company culture and central to the success of the Mainfreight Group is its people – its motto is ‘Special People, Special Company’. I have worked for the Mainfreight Group since I was 19 years old (so have a 19 year relationship with them) as I worked part-time for them whilst I was studying to become a Chiropractor.”
Other Clients include: Euroclad and Reachmedia
Additional Care and Courses
As part of our service we also give advice and can run courses in the following areas :
Manual Handling Course Back Injury Prevention (correct lifting techniques)
Office Ergonomic Course (correct workstation setup and postural advice)