Preventing Musculoskeletal Disorders with Health Breaks

Musculoskeletal disorders are one of the most common causes of work-related absences and injuries. Mini health breaks are becoming increasingly popular in companies to address this need.

Objectives:

  • Reduce the number of musculoskeletal disorders
  • Reduce stress levels
  • Increase satisfaction at work

 

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Musculoskeletal disorders are one of the most common causes of work-related absences and injuries?

Staying seated for multiple hours at a time, poor posture, working while standing, and repetitive movements can all cause musculoskeletal disorders?

Experts strongly recommend moving throughout the day, and changing positions or your way of working?

Mini health breaks are becoming increasingly popular in companies to address this need?

While initially viewed as a waste of time, mini breaks not only give employees an opportunity to get moving during the workday, but they also reduce the risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders and lower stress levels. In fact, taking a time out from work for just 10 minutes to stretch and get the cardiovascular system pumping releases muscle tension.

Mini breaks are recommended by kinesiologists, certified trainers, physiotherapists, and occupational therapists. These small stretching sessions can be practiced anywhere and are adapted to all levels of physical condition. They even help to reduce participants' stress levels.

The stretches can be presented as a printed guide or by an on-site kinesiologist, or an employee can be trained to demonstrate the exercises to colleagues.

Implementation steps

  1. Find an information source: a service provider, an internet resource, or an employee with the necessary knowledge.
  2. Develop a stretching program, choosing the exercises for your employees needs.
  3. Produce a guide and choose the recommended frequency for employees.
  4. Train a few employees/instructors, if necessary.
  5. Launch the program, specifying the designated days and times for stretching.
  6. Assess the program after six to eight weeks.

 

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