How City Healthcare Solutions Benefits Its Clients
City Healthcare Solutions believes that offering a great service will, in turn, improve employee retention, decrease sick pay due to MSK & other health conditions, and allows your company to offer a great benefits package.
When you start a new job, the most likely question your friends and family will ask after establishing what your new job actually is, "What are the benefits like?". Source
NECKPAIN & HEADACHES
Statistics show that up to 70% of the population will suffer with neck pain at some point in their life, with nearly 40% suffering with chronic neck pain.
‘Neck pain causes considerable personal discomfort due to pain, disability, and impaired quality of life, and may affect work’.
It can cost a single country in excess of 2 billion Euros in decreased productivity at work, increase in sick leave and rising medical costs. This economic magnitude highlights the need for prevention of risk factors and the importance of treatment. Risk factors such as poor ergonomic desk set up, age, stress, low physical activity and job satisfaction all contribute to the increase in the prevalence of neck pain.
With the rise in work hours, job stresses and the ageing workforce, it is fundamental that neck pain is controlled.
The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) states that neck pain should primarily be treated conservatively with NSAIDS, manual therapies (massage, exercises, manipulation) and postural advice.
To learn how neck pain can also cause headaches read our blog on headaches.
MID & LOWER BACK ACHES AND PAINS
Low back pain has long been the leading cause of work absenteeism.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) states that low back pain can cause disabling pain with the consequence of a decrease in work performance and affect overall general health.
Low back pain has a prevalence of up to 70% with the peak range at 35-55 years of age. Up to 100 million work days lost each year due to low back pain. Risk factors for low back pain include age (35-55), poor general health (weight gain), psychosocial (work stresses), occupational hazards, inactive job (long work hours sitting) and poor posture (ergonomic desk set up).
It is therefore fundamental to not only be active at work, lead a healthy lifestyle and have an ergonomic desk set up, but it also shows the importance of treatment for low back pain.
Conservative measures such as massage, spinal manipulation, yoga and if needed a course of NSAIDS have been shown to help in the treatment of low back pain.
Sciatica may come after low back pain and is described as radiating leg pain. Other feelings are of numbness, tingling or pins and needles.
90% of cases are caused by a disc protrusion or extrusion. Narrowing of the hole (stenosis) where the nerve leaves the spinal cord is also another cause for sciatica.
Risk factors for sciatica are age (30 years of age plus), weight gain, occupational factors and stress.
Treatment options for sciatica are to undertake a conservative management plan. Massage, limited bed rest (keep moving) use of certain medications & certain exercises have all shown to assist in the treatment of sciatica.
HIP & KNEE PAIN
The hips and knees are the two largest weight bearing joints. Prevalence of knee pain affects around 25% of individuals which limits function, mobility and overall life quality.
The most common cause of knee pain in the over 50s is osteo-arthritis (OA). Age and obesity are the main risk factors of OA and with the increasing prevalence in obesity and ageing we can expect OA to be on the rise.
It has also been stated that in the US hip and knee OA has been on the rise since the mid 1990’s, cementing the facts of obesity and age risk factors.
The arthritis foundation states that yoga has been shown to help reduce joint arthritis and also stress and overall wellbeing.
Conservative care such as exercise (weight loss & knee strengthening), massage and NSAIDS have all been shown to help in the treatment of knee and hip OA.
DISPLAY SCREEN EQUIPMENT - DSE
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) state that ‘as an employer, you must protect your workers from the health risks of working with display screen equipment (DSE), such as PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones’.
The HSE also state that the laws and regulations apply to frequent DSE users who use the equipment for more than an hour at a time. This includes a fixed work station, ‘hot-desking’ & home workers.
Therefore employers must follow the laws by undertaking a DSE assessments, reducing risks (including taking breaks from DSE work, e.g. yoga), provide eye tests, should an employee ask for one, and provide training/information to all employees.
The HSE finally state ‘incorrect use of DSE or poorly designed workstations or work environments can lead to pain in necks, shoulders, backs, arms, wrists and hands, as well as fatigue and eye strain’.
With the above research on the main MSK injuries, common prevalences and risk factors, it is fundamental that employers take action to reduce these costly injuries.
One way to allow employees the time to get away from their desk, refresh their minds, keep them happy and aid in their MSK health is yoga.
Yoga only needs a little space and 40 minutes of the employees’ lunch break (allowing them to eat & change to start work again).
Yoga can be tailored to the employees’ needs and our fully qualified onsite yoga instructor, Louise Botha has the experience to bring yoga to the workspace.
Read our blog Yogas Place In The Workspace.
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OUR IMPLEMENTATION PROCESS
Our 3 step process allows us here at City Healthcare Solutions to provide a unique package that suits your company’s needs. From onsite treatment (massage, adjustments, stretching, exercises) to yoga at lunchtimes and ergonomic desk set-ups.
Discuss the needs of your company & ask any questions you may have. This can be carried out at your place of work or a local venue.
The frequency of onsite treatment may depend on the number of employees or the number of employees who suffer with MSK injuries.
Discuss yoga benefits and how this is implemented at the workplace.
The implementation phase. Whichever package you choose from - onsite treatment once per week or biweekly, the implementation phase is the exciting phase.
Indemnity Insurance & public liability – All practitioners have the required indemnity and public liability insurance necessary.