Chiropractic-Led Corporate Wellness
Thursday, January 15, 2015 04:06 PM

Employers are concerned about rising health care costs and looming federal mandates that penalize companies for unhealthy workers. But corporate executives are unsure how to tie corporate wellness programs to business performance. Chiropractors are perfect intermediaries for businesses seeking cost reduction and productivity gains from healthier employees. 

Different from most corporate wellness offers, an on-site, chiropractic-led approach positions you as the central resource deriving its success from the chiropractor's ability to provide key elements of an effective wellness program by "monitoring" the employee population. These elements include chiropractic care, fitness consulting, nutritional guidance, and ongoing health education programs.  In addition chiropractic-led corporate wellness partners with key corporate functions, such as HR, finance and operations. Together, this successfully delivers sustained improvement to employee health factors, drives down injury rates, and quickly returns workers to their jobs .

Proof of concept is demonstrated in a recent academic review of ten years of employee data.  The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Medical College of Wisconsin found on-site, chiropractic-led corporate wellness demonstrated statistically and clinically significant differences in employee health factors and the reduction on long-term health risks.

Employees reduced factors that contribute to long-term serious health conditions related to safety, cancer and heart health. Participants' blood pressure, nutrition and stress levels improved, along with body mass index, cholesterol and triglyceride levels. The following results confirm the impact chiropractic-led on-site wellness has had on corporate and manufacturing employees:

  • Enrolled wellness participants' health care costs decreased by 55 percent.

  • Short-term disability claims decreased 24 percent.

  • Program participation has grown to 97 percent of employees.

  • Retained 93 percent of employees for 14 years or more.

  • Reduced absenteeism rate, which reduces amount of overtime costs.

The key to the success of any corporate wellness program stems from measurable results. Be sure to benchmark each employee's progress, which entails tracking usage of programs and, more importantly, employee impact. This second metric can take time, but it's vital to get as much information as possible to see if the program is working.

Position yourself as an intermediary between front-line employees and executive decision-makers. To positively impact a company's top and bottom line, you must understand and/or establish the following:

  • How to function within a corporate environment

  • Legal requirements, including HIPAA regulations

  • Ergonomics in the workplace

  • Contemporary nutrition

  • Guidelines for patient care

Momentum is definitely building for on-site, chiropractic-led wellness programs. By helping businesses improve employee health factors and achieve productivity gains, chiropractors create opportunities for many.