Stretching in the workplace is usually seen as a benefit to employees, giving them time to potentially prevent musculoskeletal disorders or other soft tissue injuries. In high-risk industries, such as construction, stretching can mean the difference between major or minor injuries depending on the activity.
The benefits don’t just stop with the employee, however. Employees can reap the rewards of a well-thought-out stretching program too. Injuries, especially soft tissue injuries, can be costly. They are hard to treat because finding the cause of the injury is much more difficult. For an employer this means, your employee is out longer, a replacement is needed, training costs, medical and or insurance costs will go up. So while implementing a stretching program can be costly in and of itself, the positive impacts usually out-weigh the negative.
Every type of job or industry can use a stretching program to some degree, each with its own type of stretches and parameters that suit the worker’s needs. People who sit at a desk all day will need to stretch differently than a roofer who spends a lot of time bent over. While the debate on whether a stretching program is necessary for a company is healthy, the cost of having a healthy and safe work environment should always be at the forefront of the debate.
Check out this article form EHS today about this very subject and get a more in-depth look at stretching in the workplace. And as always for all of your movement and health-related questions and concerns, stick with The Movement of Health. Keep moving, stay healthy.