WHAT CAN WE OFFER?
A tailored programme that will work for the employees of your company, whether they are office or home- based (using video conferencing) – or a mixture of both. This can cover: –
- Hands-on, one-to-one osteopathy treatments if companies are still accessing offices: Or online one-to-one sessions to discuss people’s symptoms and devise a plan to help them.
- Group workshops to reinforce all aspects of one-to-one sessions (including stretching and strengthening programmes). Easily possible over video conferencing.
- Ergonomic set-ups – whether at home or at work: Creating the right environment to switch between work and rest if at home: Crucial for people without the means for a separate home office.
- A confidential ‘safe space’ where people can talk about worries and stresses, with help provided on managing these anxieties using management techniques such as breathing exercises, mindfulness.
- Nutrition and exercise advice.
- Costs are based on half or whole days depending on the needs and size of your company, and dependent on travel costs etc. An estimate for a half-day is £600. This is a totally flexible plan that can be used as a one off; to make programmes for your workforce that can be revisited when you see fit. Or a regular half or whole day weekly. Advice on this can be given as to what we feel would work best.
When something has an immense impact on our lives, such as the current worldwide pandemic – it may cause us to take stock and assess the way we live and the consequences for our mental and physical health.
Although working from home has thrown up a wealth of new problems, many are finding it promotes a better sense of balance and well-being – instead of the daily grind which had become the norm.
There is a new understanding of the need for a balanced lifestyle including good health – something that has been lacking for years in the mindset of most employers and employees. How can employers accommodate their employees returning to work; allow them to hit their targets whilst enabling them to keep their new, more balanced lifestyle and avoid slowly wearing out their minds and bodies?
10 years ago, I graduated as an Osteopath with an Integrated Master’s Degree from The British School of Osteopathy in London.
For those 10 years, working mainly within Surrey and treating a host of City workers, I have seen a common attitude adopted of just surviving the working week of long commutes, hectic schedules, no breaks (cue mental and physical fatigue) and sitting without moving all day (a single ingredient cocktail for problems).
Put succinctly – stress on the body, stress on the mind.
And I often see no real plan from patients or employers of how to change this impasse. Coming to see me once a month but not having the time or motivation to do the exercises prescribed, is not really going to cut it if you have chronic pain because you sit all day.
There is a commercial imperative in this pitch; the greater the health of your employees – the greater the wealth of your company. It has been shown that healthy employees (both mentally and physically) are crucial for higher productivity and less absenteeism: Thus, making health an essential investment.
‘Desk life’ produces normal associated pain, furthermore leads to mental issues (poor sleep, anxiety) which will eventually – subtly – start pushing our nervous systems, leading to physical problems – postural tensions, migraines, back pain, neck pain, to name but a few. This is exemplified by the 2018/19 statistic from the Health and Safety Executive that 29% of staff absences through illness were due to musculoskeletal disorders.
Conventional osteopathy provides a reactive holistic solution of hands-on, physical therapy involving stretching, mobilising, manipulating, advice on strengthening, nutrition, mindfulness, ergonomic assessments – all to combat the physical and mental pressures life gives us on a daily basis.
Moreover, that treatment room and that half-hour, allow people a space to talk freely about anything overwhelming them, in a confidential setting with someone who over time has come to understand them and the pressures of their work/home lifestyles.
This virus has taught us that we must focus – re-focus – on our overall well-being and health – and I feel companies/organisations are at a crossroads as to whether they embrace the whole notion of staff welfare, or ignore it and continue to hope for the best.
How do I see KeyOsteopaths as a consultant? Ideally a regular day (or more, depending on company size) – providing proactive osteopathy (and all it entails above) for the welfare of employees, running regular group workshops to reinforce their individual sessions and consequently providing a space where employees can talk honestly and feel that their health and well-being are paramount. Osteopaths are able to screen for red flag symptoms and accordingly refer on to GPs or other parts of the Health Service. Blood pressure can be checked and urine samples tested for high glucose levels (that can ultimately lead to diabetes). This is a flexible programme where companies can decide what will be advantageous to their employees. Naturally given new methods of working there will be online programmes for people working from home.
We face a future where health is more important than ever and, if given the chance, hopefully a time where people can engage in their own wellness and actually thrive as a consequence.