• Melissa White, OTR/L, CES, FNS

Feel the Stretch—Not the Burn!

Has your company tried to implement a stretching program, only to have it fail within a few weeks or months? Do you want to know how to make this important injury prevention solution stick?

The secret is educating, training and following up with employees. It is critical to get all employees involved in preparing physically for their workdays. Whether they sit in an office or perform physical work in the field or on the manufacturing floor, dynamic stretching can be a huge boost for the mind and body.

Why Stretch?

Stretching isn’t just for athletes or people who exercise. Our bodies are made to move, so warming up your body and stretching are very natural things to do. A well-designed Dynamic Stretching program can warm up employees’ muscles, which helps prevent on-the-job injuries. Plus, it can have other benefits for your mind and body.

For the Mind

  • Improve productivity. When you step away from your work and release mental and physical stressors, you return to work more alert. The increased focus can prevent mistakes.

For the Body

  • Improve flexibility. Any static position can take a toll on the natural curvature of the spine. If your lower back or hips always feel tight and uncomfortable, or your shoulders slouch or creep up, moving through a few stretches helps relieve that constant tension.

  • Increase circulation. Greater blood circulation helps promote cell growth and organ function — including the function of the brain! Better blood flow increases nutrient supply to the muscles, which relieves tension and promotes healing. Stretching can also have a positive affect on heart rate and blood pressure.

  • Lengthen muscles. Muscles tighten when you get tired, making you feel more fatigued. Stretching can alleviate muscle soreness and tension. Plus, it lowers the chance of injury to muscles, joints and tendons.

  • Improve posture. Posture says a lot about how your joints, muscles and mind are working. Stretching helps open the chest, which makes breathing easier. It also lengthens the spine to make your body feel taller. When your body feels good, your attitude improves, too!

With pre-shift stretching and stretch breaks, your employees will be better prepared to work, and their morale and focus will see improvement. For further proof, check out this article from the Occupational Health & Safety website.

Being Proactive Leads to Success

So, back to the burning question: How does your company make stretching a priority? We can help you find the solutions. Our Dynamic Stretching program is different in that it provides customized stretches, thorough education and training and follow-through with your company’s stretching leaders. This sets your company up for success as a proactive in injury prevention as well as employee engagement.

Watch our video and learn 3 great upper body stretches to do every day!

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