Resolve to stretch to reduce MSIs

Photo credit: grendelkhan on Flickr

Photo credit: grendelkhan on Flickr

It’s the new year and many people are heading into 2012 resolved to end bad habits or start good ones.

If you’re looking for a great new habit for the workplace, check out Workplace Warm-up and Stretches from WorkSafe New Brunswick.

It describes how pre-shift stretching can reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injuries (MSIs) by

* Increasing blood flow to muscle tissue
* Reducing muscle tension
* Developing body awareness
* Increasing ability to focus

Considering that back strain accounts for nearly 25 percent of all WorkSafeBC claims, I’d say this kind of simple stretching program is well worth the time and effort it takes to get workers (or your employer) interested.

Your good intentions for 2012?

Do you have any resolutions you’d like to share? Tell me by commenting below, and I will check back and encourage you.

If you’re already participating in a workplace stretching program, I’d love to hear how it’s going.


2 thoughts on “Resolve to stretch to reduce MSIs

  1. Jos Verbeek

    Sorry Susan, there is a lot of evidence that stretching does not help to prevent musculoskeletal injuries. It might be nice and feel good and provide good income for those who sell training, but it does not make the workplace safer.

    1. susan Post author

      Thanks Jos. What is the evidence you refer to? I find it hard to see how stretching wouldn’t make a difference – but I am open to hearing evidence of this. Here’s a link to a study that shows how a stretching/exercise/diet program helped to reduce injury and improve productivity in tree planters.


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