Chiropractics & Workplace Wellness
The majority of modern workplaces in the US require workers to be seated for the entirety of the work day, usually squinting and craning their necks to focus on a computer screen. A survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals that up to 80 percent of Americans do not meet the CDC’s basic requirements for physical activity. The guidelines laid down by the CDC for physical activity, recommend that adults get at least two and half hours a week of moderately intense physical activity like walking. Vigorous aerobic exercises performed for a cumulative hour and half per week, like jogging, can be an alternative for moderate activity, also.
What keeps Americans from meeting these minimum basic guidelines? A lack of time. The work week of American workers is so busy that they simply cannot clear a space in their schedules for exercise. On average, a full-time worker spends a third of their day at the work place. Any leftover free time is consumed by commuting, child care, household maintenance and other basic responsibilities. Although important, it is difficult to make exercise a priority for many people.
Some workplaces have made note of this problem and have instituted changes to the office environment that make getting in some time for exericsing possible. The more motivated workplaces have found success by going to extra lengths to get workers engaged in exercise by taking things to the next level, rather than simply implementing programs like walking laps around the office during the lunch hour. These innovative programs go a little further by offering nutritional counseling, lifestyle coaching, and free health screenings.
Some companies have even gone so far as to offer chiropractic care for the their workers. Chiropractors are well trained to offer nutritional counseling, stress-reduction training, and forms of stretching and strength training. Chiropractors can even make suggestions for how to best maintain the body’s posture, by helping to select ergonomically sound office equipment.
This merger of corporate work life and chiropractics, benefits both parties by supplying office workers with support for their health and chiropractors with a stream of regular clients. By beginning with small programs like stretching classes during breaks, or training in reduction of stress, the chiropractic workplace environment can slowly grow to include more elaborate programs like massage therapy or chiropractic adjustments. Because chiropractic care has been proven to be effective and safe over many decades, this new development into the workplace is a transition that can be done without speculation over risks for anyone.