A Tees Valley massage therapist is hoping to raise awareness of musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace during next month’s BackCare Awareness Week.
Workplace Seated Massage works with businesses to help make a difference to employees’ health and mental wellbeing, by offering 10 – 30 minute bespoke, therapeutic or clothed acupressure upper body chair massages, delivered within a company’s workspace.
The latest figures from the Office of National Statistics show the greatest number of working days taken off for sickness, are a result of musculoskeletal problems. This figure equates to 30.6 million days lost each year and represents nearly a quarter of all absences from work in the UK.
BackCare Awareness Week, which this year runs from 3rd to the 7th October, is the brainchild of BackCare. Established in 1968, the charity aims to significantly reduce the burden of back pain by providing information and advice to people and organisations who are affected by back pain.
Kiran Singh, owner of Workplace Seated Massage, knows all too well about the results of back pain and believes businesses should introduce relaxing therapies in the workplace, in order to help reduce the number of sick days taken by employees.
The massage therapist said: “Work-related musculoskeletal disorders are a major issue in the workplace, with employees suffering from conditions, such as repetitive stress injuries, lower back pain and tension neck syndrome.
“These illnesses are mostly caused by sitting at desks for long periods of time, driving, lifting and carrying heavy objects and massage is a fantastic way to help reduce the risk of not only these, but also stress, anxiety and depression, while improving flexibility and movement.”
Workplace Seated Massage, which recently celebrated its second anniversary in business, works with a number of North East businesses, including Visualsoft, My Property Box and KMS Partners.
Managing Director of My Property Box Ben Quaintrell, who has used Kiran’s services for the past year, recognises massages are an ideal way to reward his employees and help them relieve stress.
The property entrepreneur said: “Massages are a great way to keep your staff motivated and hopefully help to prevent any future back problems that may occur.”
Matthew Ord, Director of Business Development at KMS Partners added: “Employees and business owners are working increasingly longer hours and we don’t realise we are actually harming our backs.
“The services Kiran offers have helped us as a company to reduce stress and increase productivity, which is fantastic.”
Kiran believes the extra pressure employees face in this fast paced world of work has led to a reduction in leisure time, which has resulted in more employees taking sick days due to musculoskeletal problems.
In the hope of highlighting the issue of upper musculoskeletal disorders, Kiran is offering Tees Valley businesses a number of bespoke offers during BackCare Awareness Week.
Kiran concluded: “We are only human and need a work-life balance and I want to help businesses to incorporate chair massage and other holistic therapies to help support their employees.
“It is advisable that companies with health insurance check to see if their cover includes holistic therapies. Chair massage consultations may be claimed back, if included in their therapy listings.”
For more information about Kiran’s BackCare Awareness Week workplace offers and services, as well as private one to one massage consultations and other holistic therapies, visit http://www.kiran-singh.co.uk/ or call 07947 164098.
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