There is a growing interest in, and use of, stretching and flexibility exercise programs to reduce the risk of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).
Custom Safety Services offers the following:
Stretching Programs - Customized to the employee needs based on job function. Benefits of stretching include: reduced muscle tension, increased range of motion and improved joint health and performance.
Yoga - Yoga is an ancient system designed to promote health, harmony and self-awareness. Benefits of yoga include: increased flexibility, tone and core strength; improved circulation and breathing; improved posture and balance along with decreased stress.
Pilates- The Pilates method of body conditioning is a unique system of stretching and strengthening exercises developed over ninety years ago by Joseph Pilates. Benefits of Pilates include: increases core strength and integrates the body as a whole, promotes strength and balanced muscle development, increases flexibility and increased range of motion for joints.
There are many studies revealing the positive impact industry-specific workplace stretching programs have on their effects at reducing work-related MSDs.
Professional Safety Magazine
Program at United Parcel Service (UPS) results in a decrease in
absenteeism, an increase in productivity and morale and a 60% reduction
in on-the-job injuries since the program was first implemented in 1995.
The company found that the most common injuries were back, shoulder and
Utility Contractor Magazine
Skanska USA Building Inc. Stretch & Flex Program - The goal of Skanska's Stretch & Flex program is to provide a viable method of addressing and reducing the risk and severity of back and musculoskeletal injuries that occur while doing physical work.
The adoption of the "stretch & flex" program increased awareness and vigilance about coworkers' safety and improved communications, which has helped reduce injuries at Skanska significantly-perhaps as much as 50% during the last eight years.