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October 8, 2015 Amelia Wilcox

Can Massage Lower Your Healthcare Costs?

Every business owner we’ve talked to is interested in ways to save their company money.

Health care is one area that is often assessed for ways to reduce company spending. If you’re looking for unique ways to cut back on employee health care spending, consider the ways corporate massage can help.

Can Corporate Massage Lower Your Company's Health Care Costs?

Can Corporate Massage Lower Your Company’s Health Care Costs?

According to research, companies spend an annual average of more than $4,000 for each employee’s health coverage.

The number bumps up to almost $10,000 when family members are covered too. Whatever the size of your business is, that’s a big chunk of change.

Given those numbers, it’s no surprise that companies are looking for creative ways to lower health care costs. And this means businesses are increasingly turning to preventative measures, such as corporate massage programs.

 

What is preventative health care?

Preventative health care refers to any measures taken today to avoid health complications, injury, or illness tomorrow. In the long term, taking preventative measures for health care saves a huge amount of time and money later on.

Here are some key preventative health care actions:

  • Eating well
  • Exercising regularly
  • Avoiding smoking
  • Having low stress levels
  • Sufficient sleep quality and quantity

 

What does corporate massage have to do with this?

Massage of any kind is a preventative health measure.

Done in a corporate setting, this means injury prevention for employees. And if employees do get injured on the job, a seated massage program can be an effective part of rehabilitation.  

Conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome cost businesses a lot of money. Carpal tunnel syndrome happens from over-use of specific muscles over a long period of time. Typing all day and using a computer mouse for 40 hours a week puts the wrist in funky positions which cause pain and injury.

Without attention, strained tendons and muscles go from being “a little sore” to a full-blown injury. Regular massage stops that from happening.

In a typical chair massage session, the massage therapist will address the most common problem areas:

  • Low back
  • Upper back
  • Shoulders
  • Neck
  • Wrists

Done a little at a time week after week, massage prevents minor muscle tightness from becoming a health crisis:

  • A back that goes out
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Chronic headaches
  • Chronic upper back tension

Corporate chair massage saves companies money in these ways:

  • Lowers injury risk, reducing number of workers’ compensation payouts
  • Provides on-site rehabilitation services, reducing money spent on surgery or medications
  • Creates a lower-stress work environment, which retains top talent, and reduces risk for stress-related conditions

 

Amelia Wilcox

Amelia Wilcox is the Founder and CEO of Nivati, a leader in corporate massage and employee mental health support since 2010. Her high-growth B2B company provides employee stress management tools that arm businesses with actionable data and positive employee experiences to improve wellbeing, boost morale, and increase engagement.

Amelia has exponentially grown her company from a solo living-room service business to an international technology brand.

Awards
Recently listed as a Forty Under 40, Fast 50, Inc 5000 Twice awarded National Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year

Licenses, Certifications & Memberships
Licensed Massage Therapist since 2002
Member of American Massage Therapy Association
Served on Utah Worksite Wellness Council from 2012-2015

Education
Attended Utah College of Massage Therapy
Educated in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology at the University of Utah

Publications
Massage Magazine (AMTA's publication)  

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