Friday, 01 August 2008 
Employees suffering from work-related headaches turn to physical therapists for pain-relief education, long-term relief from headache pain, and ultimately headache prevention.

According to a recent survey done by the National Headache Foundation, employees suffering from headaches say headaches result in missed days of wofrk, decreased productivity, an inability to concentrate, and changes in mood or behavior. Costing employers an estimated 13 billion a year and a startling 113 million lost days of work, headache sufferers are turning away from drugs to using alternative methods for headache prevention, including physical therapy, to eliminate specific habits that lead to repetitive and painful headaches.

Michael Stofan, MSPT, a physical therapist at Heritage Health in Centennial, Colorado, treats patients suffering from workplace related headaches frequently in his practice. Stofan says that, “many times headaches can be avoided by making small changes to employees’ posture, educating them on becoming more aware of their working conditions and recognizing the triggers that cause headaches, and helping them to remember to frequently stretch throughout the day.”

Education and proper stretching is the key to combating repetitive workplace injuries. Heritage Health has developed a workstation posture evaluation to help companies reduce workplace injuries and assist employees in finding the best work posture.

Physical therapy is commonly thought of for rehabilitation. However, physical therapy is often used for injury prevention as well. Heritage Health conducts injury prevention consultations and teaches patients specific stretches that meet the needs for individual companies. “Every person has different needs – ranging from the height of the cubicles and chairs to the way they sit. We’ve found that companies that train employees on proper workstation posture see a reduction in headaches, as well as carpel tunnel syndrome and other repetitive-use, workplace injuries”, leading to less time missed from work, increased productivity and happier, healthier employees, says Stofan.

About Heritage Health
Heritage Health, based in Centennial, Colo., is a full-service healthcare facility specializing in the prevention and treatment of workplace injury. Their unique multi-disciplinary practice consists of chiropractic care, physical therapy, acupuncture, massage therapy and nutritional therapy. They also publish a healthcare blog, www.HeritageHealth.net/blog which provides information on non-invasive ways to prevent injury and live to your fullest potential. For more information contact them at 303-694-1245 or visit their website www.HeritageHealth.net.

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