Workplace Wellness Day, 13th April 2018

Work-Place Wellness Day takes place this coming Friday 13th April 2018.  To mark the event JT physiotherapy & Reformer Pilates are delighted to host a talk on the benefits of exercise for Workplace Wellness, followed by a Reformer Pilates class.  The event is being held in our Letterkenny clinic in conjunction with Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce, members of which will attend on the day.

Corporate 1At JT Physiotherapy & Reformer Pilates we understand that a healthy and happy workplace results in reduced time off work, improved employee job satisfaction and improved workplace outcomes. Back and neck pain is extremely common among the Irish workforce.  Not only is it seen in those who perform physically demanding work, but more and more among workers who spend a prolonged time in static positions, such as office workers.

Absenteesim in the workplace due to sickness, stress, chronic pain etc. effects the employment sector in the following ways:

  • Absenteesim cost Ireland in the public service up to 337.4 million in 2016 ( www.per.gov.ie )
  • According to a report from the journal.ie in 2016, 4,052,222 sick days were lost across Ireland.
  • The average cost of absenteeism due to sickness is around €818 per Irish worker annually
  • IBEC reported 6 out of 10 employees will stay with employers who show an interest in their well being.
  • In the UK 11.5% of sick days taken in 2016 were due to stress, depression and anxiety & 15.8 million lost working days.

Exercise is one of the most beneficial and simple ways in which employees can improve their workplace wellness.

Benefits of Exercise

Exercise releases endorphins, the body’s “feel-good hormones,” that can calm the mind and relax the body.

Exercise increases blood circulation in the brain, which is linked to improvements in mood and attention. Spending as little as 20 minutes a day on exercise can actually increase your overall productivity, and decrease energy wasted from mental stress.

And just in case you need a little more convincing, there’s some pretty solid research around the use of exercise as part of an overall treatment plan for certain mental health conditions.  In fact, one of the most well-known researchers in the field of exercise and mental health, Dr. Michael Otto, explained in Psychology Today,

In addition to cognitive behavioural therapy and medication for the treatment of anxiety, there is increasing evidence for the value of exercise for treating both clinical anxiety disorders as well as more general difficulties with anxiety.

 

To find out more about JT Physiotherapy’s Corporate Package, which focuses on improving Workplace Wellness, contact the clinic for details

 

 

 

 

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