Companies adding chiropractic to corporate wellness programs

Casual Businessman With Pain In His NeckFrom Google to Apple to Facebook, some of the most well-known corporate names in the world have recognized the value of chiropractic care by including it in their on-site wellness programs.

These companies are part of a growing trend among businesses that recognize the link between healthy bottom lines and healthy employees.

“Employers are now seeing that employee health is important beyond health care costs,” said Beth Bierbower, president of Humana’s Employer Group Segment. “It has profound impacts on productivity, retention, workplace engagement and morale.”

Each of these companies’ clinics includes a chiropractor to address their employees’ health needs. These powerful organizations are sending a message chiropractic has been sharing for years: that maintaining your health now leads to decreased health care costs down the road and can enhance your productivity in all areas of your life.

While we may not all have the good fortune to work for a company that provides us with chiropractic care, this illustrates the growing realization about chiropractic’s positive impact on health. Absences from work can cost companies and employees billions each year.

More than attending to obvious spinal problems, regular chiropractic care is designed to keep your nervous system in tip-top condition. This will improve your immune system and make sure your body is less susceptible to both injury and illness, so you can live a better life.

One of the earliest adoptees was the Wisconsin-based nutritional supplement company Standard Process. So impressed was management back in 1988 with the enthusiasm for an employee-initiated walking program that it ultimately took things a giant step further — starting a wellness program for its own and other companies’ workers called “Cultivate.” Its four core pillars: nutrition, fitness, health education and — yes, you guessed it — chiropractic care.

To date, Standard Process reports approximately 90 percent employee participation, which has resulted in:

* Reduced health care claims.

* Higher rates of employees committing to health and wellness goals.

* Enhanced employee productivity, health, satisfaction and retention.

“As evidence emerges further documenting the positive outcomes associated with chiropractic care, I expect a larger number of employers will be impressed and take steps toward inclusion of chiropractic care,” said Gerard Clum, DC, of the not-for-profit Foundation for Chiropractic Progress.

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