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.
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Once you’ve done a fair amount of living and put some ‘miles’ on your body, there is the possibility of some wear and tear. Whether you’ve been a physical laborer or led a relatively sedentary lifestyle; if you’re a vigorous exerciser, or perhaps have suffered a significant injury or had surgery, you may be one of the many people who live with some level of episodic back pain.
We in the medical profession like to categorize things and come up with a diagnosis. If we know what we’re trying to treat, then we can better help a person. However, when a diagnosis is very general, like low back pain, the term is so vague that it doesn’t provide any practical help for understanding what’s wrong or what we can do about it. Yes, something can be done about it.
Flexion biased simply means that your back pain feels relief when you bend forward or round your back. In contrast, extension biased means that you get pain relief when you bend backward or increase the arch in your back.
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.
Physical therapy is not just for injuries. Physical therapy during pregnancy can be useful for relieving common discomforts such as back pain, and for enabling an easier, more comfortable pregnancy, birth, and postnatal recovery.
A woman’s body undergoes several changes to adapt to the growth of a fetus. For example, an increase in the curvature of the spine (called lumbar lordosis) can trigger low back pain and/or aggravation of the sciatic nerve (sciatica). Additionally, natural hormone changes that prepare a woman’s body for childbirth—by relaxing or loosening connective tissues—can cause increased mobility of joints that may result in overextension and strain.
Featuring an extensive catalog of products to order conveniently online to support your fitness and rehabilitation goals, from fitness balls, foam rollers, braces, and weights, to Rocktape brand kinesiology tape in many colors and patterns.
Approved by our licensed physical therapists and personal trainers, you’re sure to find what you need to keep up your home exercise program. Check out the selection at Cioffredi.com/store, and feel free to call us at 603-643-7788 with any questions you may have.