Maintaining Back Health Can Save Your Company Money

By | Back, Chiropractic, Ergonomics, Neck

Improve Your Back Health & Company Health

As Well As Your Bottom Line

Back pain is the number one cause of disability among working adults, and neck pain is number four. There is no greater effect on your quality of life than pain and stiffness coming from your neck and back. It’s difficult to focus and be productive when these injuries are at the forefront of your mind, so maintaining your back health is imperative. As we will see, healthcare costs are far exceeding the rate of inflation and wages. Reducing health care premium costs are the number one priority for companies. Followed by improving productivity and absence of work, often due to sick time.

An unhealthy workforce obviously costs a lot of money, so it is in your best interest as an individual and of your company to be proactive about making your workers healthier. Back pain, neck pain, and other chronic pain are among the costliest conditions for employers to manage. When you look at the distribution of medical payments, orthopedic conditions are the most expensive costs for employers. As we will see, my profession is the most inexpensive professional service available to workers on a cost-adjusted per-case basis.

Treatments Provided To Specific Areas
Spine Care (Neck & Back)
Chiropractic patients were found to be more satisfied with their back care providers after four weeks of treatment than were medical patients. Results from observational studies suggested that back pain patients are more satisfied with chiropractic care than with medical care. Additionally, studies conclude that patients are more satisfied with chiropractic care than they were with physical therapy after six weeks.
Hertzman-Miller et al (2002), American Journal of Public Health

The most cost-effective ways to handle your own neck and back pain, however, is to actively take matters into your own hands.

Everyone shares the same vulnerability of the design of your spine. Consequently, statistically most people have an episode of back and neck pain in their lives. Everyone needs to be proactive about posture and fitness. Put simply, you need to maintain the health of your back by keeping it flexible and strong.

If you look at the activities you do on a day to day basis, you will probably see that sitting and—if you’re lucky—standing at work is taking up the majority of your day. Along with that, you might have a long commute to and from home. The way you sit on the bus, train, ferry, or car can have an effect on your back health. This is why being aware of your posture and setting up a proper ergonomic workstation is so important to your health.

Finally, at home, you will spend many hours at sleep on your bed, so the way you sleep at night and the pillow you use is important for good “spinal hygiene,” or the overall back health.

Why Companies And Employees Should Be Concerned About Healthcare

Reducing healthcare costs and health insurance premiums is vital to the company’s bottom-line and a key focus of their cost saving efforts. Preventative care of the most common workplace injuries such as neck and back pain are the least expensive and most effective tool for making this happen. This also ultimately leads to lower out-of-pocket expenses for you and your employees, as health care consumers.

Make Orthopedic Condition Treatments A Priority

A 2011 OptumHealth study researched which were the most costly conditions their insurance program paid for. What they found was astonishing. The biggest slice of money paid out to claims came from orthopedic conditions. Out of those conditions, 40% was paid out for spinal care (neck and back pain.) In addition, 80% of all spinal care was for treatments that should be classified as non-surgical, and thus represent the greatest opportunity for cost savings.

Distribution of Medical Expenses - 17% are for Orthopedics

Conservative Care and Self Care Are The Most Cost-Effective

The OptumHealth study concluded that chiropractic care is the least expensive health care option for each low-back pain episode. Other studies show a high satisfaction rate with chiropractic care compared to other types of care.

However, the most effective and the least expensive type of care for your neck and back pain is the care that you can do yourself. Home exercises. Spine care and pain prevention is best done with your own controlled, carefully crafted back mobility and strength exercises. Dr. Luck has provided 5 simple workout tips you can do at your desk to help you maintain the overall health and wellness of your spine:

Along with deliberate exercises and stretches, postural awareness at work is an important part of our daily activities. Awareness of your own posture will take stress off supporting ligaments and muscles. This will help prevent back pain and degeneration, and maintain your proper back health.

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The Top Three Benefits of Feet/Ankle Adjustments

By | Back, Chiropractic, Feet

Your Feet Take Care of You From The Ground Up

On your next visit in our office, kick off your shoes. Our chiropractors are going to work on your feet as well as your back.

Your feet work harder than you do, and with 26 bones in each foot, they are engineered extremely well for walking and running. You usually do this without having to think much about it, walking around San Francisco on your commute to work, or jogging casually along the Embarcadero. However, when things are off kilter in your hips, you have back pain, neck strain, and shoulder tension the secret solution may just rely on having your feet corrected by a Chiropractor.

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By | Back, Chiropractic, Neck

Have you ever been at work and you’ve noticed that your neck or back pain is starting to become more and more intense? You might be doing more harm than good by coming in.

That’s the summary from several different articles I read this month on the topic of presenteeism. You might know what absenteeism is: when you call in sick to work because you are ill. However, if you are physically at work but you can’t concentrate on your work because you are in pain, have a Crohn’s disease flare up, or have a migraine headache, then you are an employee who is present but checked out. You are contributing to your company’s presenteeism. Read More

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Chiropractic Clinics Fight The Opioid Epidemic

By | Back, Chiropractic, Neck

A Problem Of Epidemic Prescriptions

In 2017, The American College of Physicians (ACP) updated their guidelines for their doctors who have patients with acute or chronic low back pain. In these guidelines they recognize the harmful and addictive effects of long term drug use, especially with the opioid drugs that you have been hearing so much about in the news these days.

What do they recommend instead of drugs? Physical treatments. Non-invasive treatments. Since most back and neck pain is from mechanical functional problems, they recommend a physical and functional approach to caring for the back pain. Read More

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By | Massage

As we get older many of us continue to enjoy active sports, dance, and yoga. However, the bodies of aging athletes are not as forgiving as they once were and it takes more mindfulness and maintenance to keep them in peak condition. Here are some tips to consider from my extensive experience practicing physical therapy, massage therapy, and my 40 years of dance and martial arts. Read More

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“I Should Have Come In Sooner”

By | Back, Chiropractic, Ergonomics, Neck, Tech Neck, Uncategorized

It’s easy to accept pain or physical limitations as a normal part of life that happens with aging, working conditions, or everyday physical activity. Are you rationalizing or accepting your pain, or maybe even ignoring it? You don’t have to live with pain, there’s nothing normal about pain. It is literally your body communicating to you that something is wrong, and there is a solution.

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By | Massage

Therapeutic Massage = Less Risk of Injury = Peak Performance = Maximum Enjoyment

I often see people jogging and biking along the Embarcadero and wonder if they are taking real care of their bodies. Are you one of these folks?

Beginning an exercise program, training for an event, or simply enjoying a vigorous workout on a regular basis can take its toll on your body. Increased physical activity combined with daily work stress, insufficient rest, less-than-ideal eating habits, and a sedentary job like the ones we often see here in the Financial District/SOMA can make the body more susceptible to injury and illness.

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Experiencing soreness after an adjustment?

I’m a Bit Sore After An Adjustment

By | Back, Chiropractic, Neck

Through my years of experience providing patients with care at Rincon Chiropractic, Dr. Luck and I have often found new patients are concerned about some mild pain they experience after their initial visit with us. As with many healing methods, the process can have some bumps along the road. In the case of Chiropractic this is no different. As your body heals itself, and as we add mobility to parts that have been “stuck” there may be some mild soreness after the first few hours post-adjustment. This feeling of being sore after an adjustment not something to worry about.  It’s completely normal and should dissipate after 24 hours. Read More

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