Back pain is one of the leading causes of missed time from work and accounts for millions of dollars in insurance claim filings with state workers’ compensation coverage. If you are an employer, and you find that your work environment is a risk for back injury to your employees, you may want to consider installing a workplace inversion therapy program. In doing so, you can provide your employees with a way in which to treat themselves, under physical therapist direction, in the workplace.
Inversion therapy has become a widely popular form of physical therapy and rehabilitation in recent years. For many employers, the use of inversion therapy equipment has become as commonplace as the ergonomic programs to instill proper posture and balance while working at a desk. With inversion therapy, simple equipment is installed in a universal area of the office, allowing employees to find ways in which to self administer therapy for their back pain and then return to work without missed time.
When purchasing an inversion therapy table, it is best to find one that can also double as a therapy table. In doing so, you can have an on-site physical therapist meet with injured employees to not only show them how to use the inversion therapy table, but also provide them with therapy on days that a physical therapist is needed in the workplace.
In addition to treating work injuries, inversion therapy equipment, when used properly, can help to strengthen employee back muscles thereby reducing the risk for injury in the workplace. By improving employee performance and preventing back injuries, your workers’ compensation costs and premiums should go down – making inversion therapy equipment a must-have device for the workplace.
Ideally, when employees are at-risk for work-related back injury, you want to limit or reduce their rate of absenteeism as much as possible. With inversion therapy equipment, you are sending a message to our employees that you support their health and continued work effort and that you understand that work injuries will occur. As employees feel pain in their backs, or if they are simply trying to be proactive in preventing an injury, the inversion therapy equipment will be available for use at the employee’s breaks, during lunch, or before and after the work day.
Inversion therapy equipment is not something employers typically think of when developing an ergonomics plan in the workplace. However, for a fraction of the cost of a work injury, you can offer this type of equipment to the employees encouraging continued productivity at work while they heal from pain back.
Sources: Journal of Ergonomics in the Workplace, vol 2, pp. 9-33.