How to reduce medical leaves with the aquatic therapy?
We have decided to write about the medical leaves, because we are constantly asked by business owners and entrepreneurs:
How can accidents at work or occupational diseases be reduced? Is ergonomics and job evaluation sufficient? Can physical pool exercise reverse medical leaves? Does having healthy and happy human capital generate greater productivity? What activities can promote a good working environment?
Next, we aim to provide answers to these and other very frequent concerns, making these topics clearer, by approaching them in a professional and simple way for all readers.
How much do medical leaves affect the productivity of the company and the workers’ pocket?
First of all, it is necessary to consider that in 2014 the number of medical leaves (0.5% of GDP 2013) increased by 9.6%, corresponding to 71% for the public sector (3.2 million) and 29 % To the private sector (1.3 million).
These are caused by physical pain and mental stress, due to the long and excessive working days, with an average of 7.9 days lost, which triggers higher costs (by paying more to Mutual and Institutes for Occupational Safety) ($ 90,000 million of weights) and lower productivity for companies (1.3 to 1.9 times less productivity than OECD companies).
In addition, people spend US $ 1,606 per capita or 6.3% of the family budget for out-of-pocket expenses in health (medicines and medical care), so it is a big problem that continues to increase every year considerably.
What are the causes and consequences of medical leaves?
As mentioned above, business productivity is affected by medical leaves and this absence is due to physical pain (back, neck, shoulders, wrists and lower extremities), physical and mental stress of workers, when performing repetitive movements or overload in the long and demanding working days.
On the other hand, unhealthy lifestyles (work overload, sedentary lifestyle, poor diet, alcohol and drug use) and population aging trigger a global economic, health and social problem. In which countries, companies and services have not been able to solve or reverse.
So … Can aquatic therapy or pool exercises reverse these medical leaves?
In fact, the great benefits of conducting aquatic therapy, hydrotherapy and/or pool exercises are varied, for example when immersed in water, our “weight” is modified by the force of push, feeling lighter, increasing mobility and reducing joint loads.
In addition, if we perform physical exercise in indoor swimming pools with temperate water, a relaxation effect is generated at the muscle level and we naturally release certain substances (serotonins, beta-endorphins and dopamine) that make us feel better, reduce pain and reduce mental stress.
Therefore, with aquatic therapy, the symptoms caused by occupational diseases and accidents, which trigger medical leaves can be prevented, treated and rehabilitated. Consequently, more productivity is generated in the key performance indicators (KPIs), since people feel more well-being, energy and concentration, being more efficient in achieving their goals, as well as improving their physical, mental and health status.
We have the conviction that Kaenz, will improve your health and well-being, being a great investment, to reduce expenses for medications, hospitalizations and avoid surgeries, we invite you to experience this first virtual aquatic therapist, which will change your habits, recharging energy, toning your body, keeping you young and positively impacting your quality of life, sharing with your loved ones.