May-June 2016

CIS onsite: Onsite Therapy Services

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Why CIS Onsite therapy?

 

Is your company having excess therapy visits? Is it hard to get your third shift employees therapy appointments? When your employees go to therapy are they gone from work to long? After your employees are released from therapy, is there still a transition time for them at their full duty jobs? Do you need more accountability with your rehabilitation process?

 

CIS onsite can help you answer these questions and put you in control of your rehabilitation process.

 

 

CIS onsite is a group of licensed professionals that specialize in onsite therapy services.

 

We provide onsite therapy services for the injured worker at their physical place of employment.  We provide the same rehabilitation/therapy services that a freestanding clinic offers (i.e. outpatient orthopedic therapy center or hospital) but with several advantages, and all without compromising the employee’s care.  In fact, by being onsite and having access to the real work environment and activities, we expedite an employee’s recovery process.

 

CIS onsite therapy has constantly reduced the number of therapy cases and number of therapy visits, thus reducing companies’ workers compensation costs, claims and injuries.

 

By physically being onsite, our therapists have the opportunity to:

 

  •   Observe the employee’s workstation and job activities.
  •   Design an individual treatment plan specifically based on the employee’s specific injury, working environment, and physical demands of the job.
  •   Educate employee on proper body mechanics, work techniques and postures to minimize injuries.
  •   Implement job specific activities as part of the employee’s individual treatment plan.
  • Transition employees back to work by working with them at their actual job site, performing productive work for the employer, using job specific equipment to ensure that safe work techniques are being used to prevent further injury.
  • Expedite return to work. Since the therapist has a comprehensive knowledge of the injured employee’s job, the physician often looks to the therapist when adjusting or eliminating restrictions.
  •   Increase production time. Instead of sending your employees to an offsite clinic – we come to you and we cover all shifts.  This increases production time by eliminating the employee commuting to and from an offsite clinic. This is epically attractive to cover your 3rd shift employees, since most clinics are closed from 10 pm to 7 am.
  • Increase communication between all involved parties (therapist, employee, supervisor and managers). Companies often feel that they have better control over the injured worker’s case since they have face-to-face communication with the therapist and are informed of the injured worker’s progress every step of the way.
  •   Increase accountability of all involved parties (therapist, employee, supervisor and managers) for getting the employee back to full duty work.
  •   Educate / inform supervisors about risk factors that may be inherent with particular job settings and employee populations.
  •   Provide the injured employee the ability to maintain social work contacts and minimize the psychological and social issues that often accompany a lost-time work injury.

 

Our treatment plans are designed around the employees’ injury and their interaction with their working environment.  Since our therapists know first-hand what the employee’s work demands and risks are, we can fine tune a rehabilitation plan designed specifically to each individual for maximum rehabilitation while preventing further injuries in the future.

 

Some highlights of what our customers are saying about CIS onsite:

 

“The partnership with CIS, has been proven to be a solid business decision.  Having this partnership, has saved our manufacturing company, our Employees’ and our WC carrier; time and money by working on-site around our schedules, eliminating the additional liability of travel and provided our manufacturing company with personal one on one time with the Therapists with any concerns/issues that could arise with the Employee through their recovery. The Therapists have built trusting relationships with the Employees they have treated as well as being a familiar face within our facility.  This provides a better “team” approach to get that Employee better and back to work and instills trust during recovery. CIS would be a benefit to any company willing to make them a part of their WC program.” – Jennifer, Health and Security Supervisor.

 

“We have enjoyed several benefits of having our physical therapy on-site.  First, by having physical therapy onsite, the injured employee is kept in contact with their co-workers as well as their workplace.  The onsite therapist has an opportunity to first-hand evaluate the physical demands of the job-site and, thus, adjust the rehabilitation accordingly…Another big plus is with the therapist on-site, the availability to have one-on-one discussions concerning the injured employee’s progress is greatly enhanced.  I would recommend your on-site physical therapy program to any organization that has injured employees and wants them back as productive workers as quickly as possible.” Mike, Human Resources Supervisor.

 

“I am especially pleased with your prompt response whenever we have a need and the flexibility of you and your staff.  As you know, we are a 24-hour operation and your therapists have been at the plant at all hours of the day and night! Other than just being convenient, I think the greatest advantage of having the therapists at our facility is for them to work with our people on the job. I would highly recommend your company to any business considering on-site occupational or physical therapy, ergonomic services and injury prevention services.”

Barb – Occupational Health Nurse.

 

If you would like to discuss onsite therapy services to expedite your employees return to work, give us a call at 866-298-1312.

 

 

Ergonomics: Standing Desk Tips

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I wish I had a quarter every time someone asked me to provide him or her with a few tips for standing up at work. You guessed it… I’d be rich. It’s encouraging to see the movement of people becoming more aware of the risks involved with extended sitting; but most importantly they’re actively seeking to do something about it.

After you’ve made the decision to stand up at the office or home you may find yourself asking “Now what?” I’ve outlined 7 helpful tips to get you headed in the right direction:

  1. Research
  2. Experiment
  3. Prepare yourself for the adjustment period
  4. Always have a pair of comfortable shoes handy
  5. Invest in an anti-fatigue floor mat
  6. Understand the importance of ergonomics
  7. Focus on your overall posture
  1. Research

Ready for your assignment? Your topic is the standing desk and you’ll need to turn in a thirty-page document by the end of the day. And… go.

Even though this assignment is 100% pretend I suggest you do some research on standing desks before you commit to anything. Think about what it is you actually need the overall quality of the product and how convenient it will be to use on a daily basis. You’ll receive an A+ in self-satisfaction if you put in the work beforehand!

  1. Experiment

After you’ve completed your homework it’s now time to experiment. Your goal is to find out if you notice any benefits from standing up while working. I’ve noticed hundreds of people create their own DIY standing desk and I encourage it!

However understand DIY projects are basically means to an end. They’re great for allowing you to get the feel of a standing desk but you’ll soon realize it isn’t a long-term solution. You may actually want to drink that particular soft drink you’ve stacked up or use those cinderblocks to build that dream garage/patio you’ve always wanted.

  1. Prepare yourself for the adjustment period

Transitioning to a standing desk is relatively easy but not painless. Go ahead and expect there to be some minor discomfort during the initial adjustment period (sore feet tired legs shaky calves).

BONUS TIP: Try alternating sitting and standing every hour in the beginning stages. It worked wonders for me. Keep in mind the discomfort is probably because your body has associated sitting down with working. It takes the average person around two weeks to become confident and standing hours on end.

Don’t be discouraged if you’re noticing early fatigue… No pain no gain.

  1. Always have a pair of comfortable shoes handy

Some people (especially women) worry about having to sacrifice fashion for standing up at work. Yes standing in high heels or harness boots all day is not ideal for a standing desk.

Here’s a thought, leave a pair of comfortable shoes in your office or cubicle. It’s just that simple.

  1. Invest in an anti-fatigue floor mat

Along the same lines of taking care of your feet investing in an anti-fatigue floor mat is critical for standing desk success. It’s not called “anti-fatigue” for nothing…

Using an ½ inch anti-fatigue floor mat will be sufficient for most people but you might want to consider a thicker one if you’re on your feet for 12+ hours a day.

  1. Understand the importance of ergonomics

Ergonomics are defined as “design factors as for the workplace intended to maximize productivity by minimizing operator fatigue and discomfort.” It’s important to understand and utilize proper techniques when working.

Features like ergonomically designed desktops and the ability to raise or lower your entire workspace will help increase productivity and minimize fatigue.

Here are some additional ergonomic tips:

  • Your arms should be positioned at a true 90 degrees when typing/standing
  • The computer screen should be eye-level
  • Make sure your computer monitor is at least an arm’s length away
  1. Focus on your overall posture

Last but not least try focusing on your overall posture when standing. It’s easy to go back to those bad habits in which made you get a standing desk in the first place.

Personally I like to envision my head touching the ceiling. This keeps my shoulders back and allows me to stand straight up. I position my feet shoulder-length apart but I often cross my legs to switch it up as well. You’ll quickly find out what works best for you.

Source: https://www.myupdesk.com/blog/7-tips-for-switching-to-a-standing-desk

 

Stay Hydrated this Summer!

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The importance of hydration. Being well-hydrated is essential for good health. Consuming water is necessary to keep the body’s systems functioning properly. This is especially important to remember during the summer months when we need to increase our fluid intake to counteract warmer temperatures and higher humidity.

 

Tips for staying hydrated

Hydration is vital to our overall health and well-being. In addition to helping the body function properly, water helps regulate body temperature and flush out waste.

 

The following tips can help you stay hydrated:

  • Drink six to eight 8 oz. glasses of water each day. This is a general recommendation that will change based on age, chronic conditions, and activity level, so check with your doctor for the specific amount that’s right for you.
  • Bring a reusable water bottle to work and drink from it throughout the day, refilling as needed.
  • Drink water during your meals. Not only can it help you stay hydrated, but it can help you feel more full, which can help prevent you from overindulging at mealtime. Not a huge fan of drinking plain water? Consider flavoring it with slices of citrus fruit or a splash of 100%

fruit juice. Or, experiment with the water’s temperature — see whether you like it better cold from the fridge, chilled over ice, or at room temperature.

 

Know the signs

 

Avoid dehydration!

If you feel thirsty, your body needs fluids. It’s a good idea to listen to your body and drink water throughout the day to avoid dehydration.

 

Watch for these signs of mild dehydration:

  • Feeling thirsty
  • Headache or lightheadedness
  • Fatigue or sleepiness (for children, being less active than usual)
  • Less frequent urination or decreased urine output
  • Dark yellow or amber-colored urine (urine that is clear or pale yellow indicates you are well-hydrated)
  • Constipation
  • Few or no tears when crying
  • For infants, no wet diapers for three hours

 

Stay hydrated during exercise

Try these tips:

When exercising in the summer heat, it’s especially important to stay hydrated. You need to consume water to replace the fluids lost during physical activity. The amount of water needed will differ from person to person, depending on body size, sweat production, climate, and the type and intensity of exercise performed. A good rule of thumb is to drink water before, during, and after exercise.

 

Try these best practices for mild to moderate exercise:

  • 20 to 30 minutes before exercise: Drink at least 8 oz. of water
  • During exercise: Consume 7-10 oz. of water every 10-20 minutes
  • Within 30 minutes after exercising: Drink at least 8 oz. of water

 

QUIZ

 

  1. How many 8 oz. glasses of water is it recommended that you drink each day?
  2. 1 to 2
  3. 4 to 5
  4. 6 to 8
  5. 10 to 12

 

  1. Which is a potential sign of dehydration?
  2. Thirst
  3. Fatigue
  4. Lightheadedness
  5. All of the above

 

  1. True or false: A healthy way to flavor plain water is by pouring in a splash of soda.
  2. True
  3. False

 

Answers to quiz above: 1-C, 2-D, 3-B

Source: http://www.hhhealthassociates.com/cmss_files/attachmentlibrary/July-Stay-Hydrated-This-Summer.pdf

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