Work-related musculoskeletal injuries are one of the leading causes of missed work days. In 2012, private industry employers reported nearly 3 million work-related injuries and illnesses and that number has only sky-rocketed since.
Simon Pearce HR Benefits Specialist Cathy Sullivan knows the benefits of a pro-active approach to employee health. For several years she has been working with Cioffredi & Associates to support workplace well-being at the Vermont-based company, and witnessing a reduction in OSHA injury reports and workers’ compensation recordable claims.
Twice each month, Cioffredi & Associates founder Billy Cioffredi, PT, CEAS, and Anna Hinman, DPT, CEAS, are on the road, visiting Simon Pearce employees at the company’s Windsor and Quechee facilities, where handcrafted glass and pottery are produced and distributed. Making rounds in the various departments, Bill and Anna spend time interacting with employees, observing their workstations and processes, and addressing individual needs through on-site physical therapy assessments and education. Their goal is to prevent or minimize the impact of painful conditions for Simon Pearce employees, and optimize their ability to stay injury-free at work and live happier and healthier lives overall.
“The implementation of our on-site therapy program,” says Cathy, “has proven to be a successful partnership with Cioffredi & Associates. We are extremely pleased with the relationship and the meaningful impact it brings to our employees…Healthy and positive employees are contagious!”
Over more than three decades as your Upper Valley neighbor, Cioffredi & Associates has provided occupational health services to prominent companies in the community. We are now the area’s sole provider of a comprehensive range of wellness services to the corporate and business community that includes preventative assessments and training, in addition to the direct treatment of the injured worker.
We provide office and industrial ergonomic assessments, on-site musculo-skeletal screenings, as well as active treatment of those conditions that prevent or interfere with an employee’s ability to work, whether or not they originated in the workplace.
Our approach is designed to more effectively help individuals not only solve pain problems, but to provide them tools and services that support their ability to achieve and maintain a more optimal health. These services include nutrition counseling, health coaching, medically based personal training, and massage.
We understand that every business is different in its need for occupational health and wellness services. For that reason, we have a menu of services that allows a customized approach to the unique needs of each company. The depth of our service allows it to be modified as a company grows and changes.
As with any line of service Cioffredi & Associates provides, we are committed to immediate access and exceptional service. For this reason, we operate from 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. for the convenience of the worker and the company.
Relaxed, properly aligned postures are optimal to avoid stress and strain on our bodies. Our physical therapists and ergonomics assessment specialists recommend adjustable height workstations for those who work at a computer for long periods.
Even with good alignment, sustained postures cause muscle fatigue and joint stress when maintained too long. This applies to standing as well as sitting, and so we think an adjustable sit-to-stand workstation is ideal. Continue reading
Humans aren’t designed for sitting down for long periods of time, and yet that’s what many of us do for eight-plus hours each day in the workplace. The physical therapists at Cioffredi & Associates recommend that you stand up and move around at least once every 30 minutes to prevent stiffness, and we’ve created a simple routine that will help you keep your blood flowing and prevent pain and stiffness from adding stress to your day.
I have been living with chronic lower back pain for years and finally have gotten relief through just a few sessions of dry needling with Marsha and Becca.
“I am thrilled to have relief and know that dry needling is a resource for this discomfort should I experience it again. Thank you Kate, Becca and Marsha!”
This back pain has affected my quality of life and sleep. I exercise, stretch, have tried massage and over the counter pain medication but have only gotten very temporary relief. My physical therapist, Kate, thought that perhaps I would benefit from some dry needling. Continue reading
Having pain and tightness along the side of the thigh is quite common, especially for athletes. When the pain encompasses the lower half of the thigh towards the outside area of the knee, it often carries the diagnosis of Iliotibial Band (ITB) Syndrome. For many people it can be persistent or unresponsive to typical treatment. The IT band is a stiff layer of tissue that blends from a broad attachment of muscles from the side and back of the hip. The band becomes narrower as it descends toward the knee where its attachment broadly blends with tissues about the knee cap and into the tibia bone. Continue reading
First of all, effective stretching is not a total secret, though in my experience it is not a commonly understood concept. When we think about stretching, it’s often done with the idea that it’s like taking a piece of leather and, using force, mechanically lengthening it out. One of the problems with this idea is that ligaments and tendons are not designed to lengthen. Muscle tissue is designed to actively shorten and lengthen, however it will not lengthen effectively if it is held in an activated or tense state. Activation or tension causes muscle tissue to be more rigid—more leather-like—and it can be irritated if forced. That may be one reason some people don’t ‘enjoy’ the process of stretching. The other problem is that rigid tissue, like Turkish taffy, gets thinner and weaker as we forcibly stretch it out. That doesn’t sound good, especially to athletes who simultaneously want to optimize their strength.
Now, instead of thinking of leather that you are stretching and thinning out, think of a spring that has shortened, and your goal in stretching is to relax the tension of the spring. Continue reading