Our aim is to
- elevate the profile of ‘health’ in occupational health and safety.
- provide employees with an education program in which they learn how to attain and/or maintain a good standard of musculo-skeletal health.
- alert organisations and their staff to the ways they can prevent the personally-generated musculo-skeletal dysfunctions being dressed up as work-related injuries.
- show organisations and their staff how to make the distinction between incidents (that normal fit and healthy people take in their stride) and genuine work-related accidents.
- assist organisations and their staff to measure and then better manage the risk of the personally-generated musculo-skeletal dysfunctions.
- give employees great encouragement to keep themselves in good musculo-skeletal health – teaching them both the benefits of being strong and flexible and the exercises they need to do to keep in good musculo-skeletal health.
- encourage organisations to institute a daily strength and flexibility exercise program into the work day.
- bring about a reduction in workers compensation claims for personally-generated musculo-skeletal dysfunctions.
- support changes to workers compensation legislation that balances out the rights of employees to be protected from accidents in the workplace and their own responsibility to keep themselves fit and healthy for work.
- assist organisations to achieve zero workers compensation claims for personally-generated musculo-skeletal dysfunctions.
Our research indicates that there is an epidemic of personally-generated musculo-skeletal dysfunction in our corporate organisations, with around 50% of people giving themselves a score of 5/10 or less for the current status of their musculo-skeletal heath system.
Staff in organisations around Australia are increasingly submitting workers compensation claims for joint and muscle pain that is not caused by accidents in the workplace and which are not injuries.
There’s been no accident. There’s been no negligence, just someone sitting in a chair (in an office, truck or a bus) complaining that the organisation they work for has caused their back, neck, shoulder and wrist pain.
Our research shows that most people in pain are people who don’t have a regular and systematic strength and flexibility training program.
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NH&MRC) provides little guidance on the matter, going so far as to say 95% of back pain is idiopathic – i.e. it doesn’t have a cause.
But there is a cause, and our research shows that it’s likely to be found within the person making a claim, not the incident. People are increasingly coming to work in poor physical condition – with skeletons that are out of alignment and poorly supported by a weak musculature.
BACK PAIN 101
Muscles move bones out of alignment.
The cause of the pain is rarely at the site of the pain.
It’s a tough assignment expecting to stay in good musculo-skeletal health without keeping yourself strong and flexible.
It’s a big ask expecting to get better by having someone do something to you, sooner or later you have to do something to yourself.
Therapy speeds up the rehab process but doesn’t take the place of the strength and flexibility program that only you can do.
The rehab process may be slow and steady, but with improved levels of strength, flexibility and better alignment it will be sure.
PUT IN A FIREWALL
What a good musculo-skeletal health policy does is erect a firewall that stops the personally-generated dysfunctions being treated as work-related injuries.
Organisations without an WH&S firewall send a message to staff that they’re free to treat the organisation as a substitute for private health and disability insurance, creating a black hole, a bottomless pit that people can’t climb out of and a therapeutic merry-go-round they can’t get off.
Open The Doors Of Perception
Integrated Health Systems assists organisations to open the doors of perception about what they can do to measure and manage the risk of personally-generated musculo-skeletal dysfunctions.
The aim is for Zero claims for personally-generated musculo-skeletal dysfunctions.