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Bionomics®—Workplace Injury Prevention Breakthrough

June 24, 2018

palletsRecently one of our trainers (Dr. Paula) visited a new customer to conduct our pre-training onsite assessment at a pallet manufacturing company in order to customize the Bionomic Training workshops for this facility.  In reviewing the assessment, our Lead Trainer said, so matter-of-factly, “Oh yes, Dr. Paula knows everything about pallet handling.  The training is really going to help these employees.”

It struck me that after 26 years, we have become experienced with virtually every job description that exists in North America.  Why is that such a big deal?  The response to that is contained in the definition of Bionomics.  Years ago we discovered the lowest common denominator for why 80% of our population will experience a back incident in their lives and why sprain/strains contribute significantly to workers’ comp costs and lost workdays.

The simple answer is one of mankind’s biggest oversights.  As companies are busy managing workers’ comp claims, hiring temporary people to fill in for injured employees or ordering $600 ergonomic chairs … humanity conducts their actives of daily living on Young-Man-with-Back-Painand off the job, without the foggiest idea that the way that they are lifting, bending, pushing or keyboarding is the reason for their discomfort, pain and injury.

FIT created a new branch of ergonomics that teaches people how to do their jobs and at home activities in ways that we all should have learned…but didn’t.  Bionomics (bio=body) + (nomics=manage) is the result of research that discovered people can in fact prevent insidious “micro traumas” that add up over time (called Cumulative Micro Trauma—CMT) to cause lifestyle altering pain and injury.

Have you ever been taught how your spine functions?  What it likes and doesn’t like as far as motion and posture is concerned?  Have you ever been taught what positions for your shoulder are safest when conducting work or at-home activities?

Has anyone ever taught your employees specifically—the proper biomechanics of their job duties?  Or how to properly, I mean really properly, set up their existing ergonomic workstation?

Why do I ask?  Because back pain is ridiculously present in our lives yet we know more about our cars than our bodies!  pasted image 0How many cylinders does your car have?  Good!  How many bones make up your spine?  (crickets…)

Bionomics is a practical employee based training philosophy that puts people in charge of their bodies through hands-on training.  People learn life lessons on how to prevent microtrauma to their bodies by learning job specific biomechanics, and for office workers, how to prevent the fatigue and discomfort by finally learning how to adjust their workstations (want to stop expensive requests for chairs and sit-to-stands?  Teach people how to properly set up what they already have!)

Bionomics training also teaches people how to get rid of existing aches, pains and discomfort caused by muscles and joints, by simply doing a self-managed stretching routine.

After more than a quarter century, we know the correct job specific biomechanics for your employees.  This experience is critical and a main reason why we are so successful at getting employees to buy-in to physically changing their behaviors.

I can guarantee your employees are right now doing their jobs in ways that are contributing to tomorrow’s discomfort and perhaps a $40,000 claim.  Our society missed teaching us how to self-manage our own physical well-being while working.  Employees don’t want pain.  Employers don’t want injuries.  happy-at-work-saidaonlineLet’s prevent it!  Everyone wins—Bionomics—teaches people for the first time in their lives how to experience less microtrauma through proper techniques and how to relieve pain and discomfort through personal stretching routines! 

FIT has trainers across the US and Canada and compared to a back, shoulder or ergonomic injury, the cost is extremely affordable.  Call me to discuss your specific situation.  We can help!  I look forward to speaking with you.

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The Opioid Epidemic & Workplace Injury Prevention

January 4, 2018
pexels-photo-143654.jpegAccording to Consumer Reports over 50% of Americans are taking prescription medication in this country. Pharmaceuticals are a $450 billion industry. Medications do a lot of good for so many people, but most of us would agree that we are an over-prescribed nation. This is no more evident than with the national opioid epidemic. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that 91 people die every day from opioid overdose.
This epidemic is a tragedy for so many people and their families. The stories are heart breaking, but not surprising. When a drug can mask pain with a false sensation of well-being, no wonder it is highly addictive.
pexels-photo-164652.jpegThe opioid crisis is costing US companies over $500 billion per year in absenteeism and lost production according to marketwatch.com.
What can employers do to counter this cultural pharmaceutical trend? Pain is the enemy of us all. I recently asked an audience at a National Safety Conference “Who here is experiencing pain or discomfort on any part of your body?” Almost 100% raised their hands. I asked “Why are you putting up with it?” I got an expected silence because most people inexplicably just live with it.
Why is that? Why do we allow discomfort and pain to settle in on our bodies to affect our quality of life? Why do we let stiff muscles and joints insidiously restrict range of motion over time and make us feel old?old-man-time-watch-160785.jpeg
We falsely assign this accumulation of “micro-trauma” to aging!
FIT discovered during our initial research 25 years ago, one of society’s biggest oversights. We live on a planet with a gravitational field that pulls everything to its very core center. We live in this gravitational pull 24/7 and we live with complete ignorance of how to properly use our bodies while conducting normal everyday activities of living. We sit, lift, sleep, push, pull entirely devoid of understanding the insidious repercussions of violating biomechanical laws that when obeyed prevent fatigue, discomfort, pain and musculoskeletal injury.
80% of our population will suffer from a back incident in their lifetime. And like the audience at the above mentioned conference, most adults live with unnecessary discomfort because we don’t know how to prevent it or when we get it, how to get rid of it. Society has trained us to put up with life altering discomfort and then when it becomes too painful, to seek relief via a pharmaceutical pain killer!
After training over 1 million people, FIT has good news! We can all feel better and be more in charge of our own health with just a little training. Something can be done about back, shoulder and other sprain/strain injuries and discomfort. The cause is not aging! The cause of back, neck, shoulder, wrist, discomfort is micro-trauma and Backsafe® and Sittingsafe® teaches how to prevent it!
Micro-trauma can be prevented by:
  1. Knowing a few simple laws of biomechanics applied to activities of daily living.
  2. Practicing a series of easy yet powerful stretches to get rid of pain and discomfort.
 FIT’s Backsafe® training puts employees in charge of how they feel. Backsafe teaches employees for the first time in their lives how they can work and live in ways that prevent the very micro-trauma that is affecting lives every day.
We can be in charge of how we feel. We are not victims to some unknown reason that causes back, shoulder and other sprain/strain injuries. There is a simple and known cause and Backsafe (Sittingsafe® for office workers) teaches the solution.

I’m So Tired of Standing!

December 21, 2016

line12During this busy season, it’s impossible to avoid standing still for long periods of time…

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Consider waiting in line at the post office…

Standing in the kitchen creating confectionary delights…

Wrapping gifts for hours on end…

Standing ovations at your children/grandchildren/student/neighbor concerts…

Placing decorations thoughtfully…

I’m certain you could add to this list from your own traditions as well.

Despite the joy and happiness the season brings, standing still for long periods of time is a form of Repetitive Stress and can contribute to low back pain and fatigue.

Hamstrings can tighten, which can also lead to back pain.

Here are some useful tips to keep you feeling great this holiday season:

  • It is no accident that bars install standing foot rails to keep their patrons comfortable.  Raising one foot can relieve stress and prevent fatigue.  Open a cabinet door and use the cupboard as a footrest while doing dishes or even brushing your teeth.hamstring-stretch-revised-11-20-13
  • Shift your feet from a normal width when standing to a wider stance from time to time, particularly if you are working on a lower surface.
  • Alternate staggering your feet.
  • Do a back extension stretch and a hamstring stretch from time to time, especially when standing on tile or other hard surfaces.

These are a small part of our Backsafe® Injury Prevention program  which many companies find so very helpful for preventing sprain/strain injuries for their employees.

Here’s to a healthy, peaceful and happy holiday season to you and those you love.


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