The Growing Trend of Workplace Chiropractic Clinics
A growing number of companies are beginning to offer their employees on-site chiropractic care in the workplace. In addition to manual adjustments for musculoskeletal complaints, Doctors of Chiropractic are also able to suggest exercise routines, dietary strategies, and other wellness programs to individuals with specific ailments. All of this began because research showed that financial, clinical, and patient benefits were greatly amplified by on-site corporate health clinics.
These workplace health clinics are predicted to become more popular in coming years, with growth rates reaching 15-20 percent annually. This means that aside from traditional healthcare workers, chiropractors also have a growing range of opportunity to bring their professional services to wider populations.
Research supports that idea that for many office workers in corporate environments, musculoskeletal disorders are the most common complaints, and send the largest amount of health care receiving employees to seek consultation with a health care provider.
Years of data support the effectiveness of chiropractic care in treating ailments of the musculoskeletal systems so adding chiropractic care as a component of on-site workplace care would meet a great deal of demand. The hands-on treatment that doctors of chiropractic have to offer patients experiencing back pain, neck pain, and other chronic ailments can greatly improve the atmosphere of the working environment as well as increase morale and productivity.
By including chiropractic care as part of a onsite, workplace health clinic the high costs associated with worker’s suffering from chronic low back pain can be successfully mitigated because the workers have access to instant treatment without requiring taking time off from their duties for costly procedures.
Off-site physical therapy for chronic musculoskeletal disorders like back pain, is more costly than chiropractic care at the work-place for a number of reasons besides the time it takes away from work. Medications, prescriptions, surgery, all have further effects on lowering productivity. Chiropractic care, on the other hand, has been show to be much less invasive as a treatment and in general more conservative. Add to these factors the proximity and open availability of an on-site workplace clinic and chiropractic care becomes even more attractive.
Research further shows that on-site chiropractic care reduces overall health-care utilization, which saves money. For example, workplaces with access to onsite-chiropractic care used less radiology services, less outpatient and emergency services, and less physical therapy.
An American Productivity Audit from 2003 revealed that over half of working people suffer from headaches, lower back pain, arthritis, and other forms of musculoskeletal pain. By brigning chiropractic care into the workplace, much of these ailments could be mitigated.