Why Stretch?

There are several factors that put a person at greater risk for a back strain or sprain, with a leading cause including tightness in muscles of the neck, shoulders, back, and legs.  Stretching keeps muscles flexible, strong and healthy.  Without proper stretching, muscles will shorten and become tight.

Stretching will not stop an injury or accident from happening.  But, when an accident happens and your body calls on those muscles for activity, muscles that are short and tight are more easily torn or strained.  As you can see in this graph from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, overexertion and bodily reaction to an event are the largest reason why employees experience an injury that results in days away from work.  By investing in a stretching program, you are setting up your staff to have flexibility and maintain a strong range of motion.

Steps can be taken to help lower the risk of a sprain or strain:

  • Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet to keep your bones and muscles strong.
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Excess weight puts added stress on the structures of the lower back.
  • Stretch regularly to keep your joints flexible and your muscles in good condition.

 

 

Where will I see a return on my investment?

  • Worker Compensation Cost Reduction
    • Stretching programs will keep your employees limber and better prepared in the event of an accident. If an accident occurs, the employee may still incur an injury but we have seen that those injuries are less severe, heal quicker and with less medical intervention.
    • Sprains, strains and tears were the highest nature of injury in 2017 as you can see here in a graph from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics.

  1. Reduced Employee Absenteeism
    • Both work related and non-work related injuries take our employees away from the job in many ways.
      • Loss of Productivity from being in pain while at work.
      • Time away from work to attend doctor’s appointments.
      • Time away from work to recover from the injury or surgery.
    • This graph from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics shows that injuries that can be reduced by a good stretching program can also result in a significant time away from work.

 

Injuries, whether work related or not, are costly for businesses and they are costly (and painful) for workers.  Epic Stretch can help you starting today to reduce workplace injury expenses and employee absenteeism.

You’ll be happy to hear that sprains and strains are preventable in every workplace.