In recent years, large corporations are analyzing the benefits of employee wellness programs and onsite corporate clinics. According to a national workplace study by Mercer, 29 percent of companies with 5,000 or more employees offered an onsite clinic in 2014, a 24 percent increase in comparison to 2012 statistics. Data shows that many employers and organizations are investing substantial resources in employee health, the foremost of them being chiropractic care.
As explained by Larry Boress, Executive Director of the National Association of Worksite Health Centers (NAWHC),
“As employer-managed health care becomes more prevalent with onsite health and wellness centers, we are seeing a greater interest by employers in expanding the service line to include chiropractic care to address musculoskeletal conditions and reduce the use and cost of unnecessary opioids and surgeries.”
What is Chiropractic Care and How Popular is it?
Chiropractic care is a healthcare profession that centers around disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, as well as addresses the effects of these disorders on a patient’s general health.
Recent statistics show that:
- There are more than 77,000 state licensed chiropractors across the United States. There are another 3,000 working in academic and management roles.
- Chiropractors treat more than 35 million Americans every year.
- Chiropractic care produced greater results than deep-tissue massage, yoga, pilates, prescription medication, and over-the-counter medication.
- With regards to preferred healthcare practitioner for lower back pain, patients ranked chiropractors above physical therapists, specialist physicians, family medicine physicians, and internal medicine physicians.
What Ailments does Chiropractic Care Treat?
- Neck pain
- Joint restrictions (subluxations)
- Lower back pain
- Leg pain (sciatica)
- Repetitive strains
- Sports injuries
- Car accident injuries
- Arthritic pain
- Post-surgery rehabilitation
What Kind of Treatments does Chiropractic Care Offer Your Employees?
Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) use a broad range of diagnostic skills, such as therapeutic and rehabilitative exercise assessment, nutritional and dietary counseling, as well as patient lifestyle analysis. Treatments include heat and cold therapies, massage, electrical muscle stimulation, trigger point therapy, and ultrasound. Adjustment techniques are the primary form of treatment performed by a chiropractor. While doing an adjustment, a chiropractor swiftly applies pressure with the hand to reduce subluxation and restore movement. As gases are released from the joint, they make a painless “pop” sound. Patients feel relief from pain unless their surrounding muscles are in spasm, in which case alternative treatments such as assisted stretching and massage are administered before giving an adjustment.
How do You and Your Employees Benefit from Chiropractic Care?
Onsite corporate clinics are continuously evolving to address the needs of employees. There are several benefits to offering chiropractic services for staff and workers.
1. Financial Benefits: According to the American Productivity Audit, severe headache, migraine, neck and lower back pain cause worker productivity loss by 4.6 hours a week, according to American Productivity Audit. Increasing number of research studies highlight the validity of chiropractic services and their drug-free approach to pain relief. Reports by the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics reveal that an integrated approach to healthcare that included chiropractic care reduced pharmaceutical costs by 51.8 percent and hospital admissions by 43 percent.
2. Clinical Benefits: For example, chiropractic care has been shown to have positive effects on pregnant women. During pregnancy, a woman’s body undergoes various physiological and endocrinological changes. A protruding abdomen, increased back curve, pelvic changes and postural adaptations can result in misaligned joints or spine. For example, an intrauterine constraint occurs when the pelvis is misaligned. This reduces the amount of space for the developing fetus. This also creates difficulties during a non-invasive delivery. Chiropractic care helps maintain a healthy pregnancy for your female employees by easing nausea, relieving back and neck pain, reducing the time of labor and delivery, as well as preventing a potential cesarean delivery.
3. Patient Satisfaction: In a study conducted by NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 272 participants suffering from mechanical neck pain were divided into three groups. Group 1 received spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) from a doctor of chiropractic. Alternatively, Group 2 took over- the- counter pain medications. Group 3 performed recommended exercises. After 12 weeks, 57 percent of group 1 and 48 percent of group 2 reported a 75 percent reduction in pain, as compared to 33 percent in Group 3.