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FitBack are guest speakers at the Healthy Active Workplace Conference in Cornwall

FitBack were guest speakers at the Healthy Active Workplace Conference in Cornwall in September, presenting alongside The British Heart Foundation, Wales At Work and Local District Councils.

A presentation on “Back pain in the workplace” was followed by a practical demonstration of their FitBack For Life Class where attendees were able to join in and experience the class at first hand.
“We invited FitBack to talk at our first Healthy Active Workplace Conference in Cornwall on the 19th September 2008 as Back Pain is such a big issue for sickness absence. Having seen FitBack present at the Birmingham NEC in March I really liked the idea of a practical session with such a preventative angle on back pain. I know many companies in the audience were very impressed and interested in FitBack’s concept. The idea of implementing it in with mandatory manual handling training makes good sense and can capture so many employees. Feedback from the 89 companies that attended on the day has been very positive”.

Rachel Marriot (Workplace Development Officer – Health Promotion Service) Cornwall & Isles of Scilly PCT

As a result of the conference FitBack are now talking with local Primary Care Trusts, Councils and businesses who are looking to reduce the incidence of back pain and other musculoskeletal injuries amongst their workforce.

InTechnology pilots healthy back plan

InTechnology is offering its staff the chance to take part in a free wellness programme designed to help eradicate back injuries amongst employees.

The IT specialist is teaming up with FitBack to run a week-long scheme designed to help cut down on a recent spate of back problems, as well as broader wellness issues.

Rachel Dixon, HR manager, said: “In one week we had six people off with back-related pain, so it is becoming a bit of a problem. [The scheme] means that staff won’t have to take time off work. They can attend classes during work hours to learn exercises that help strengthen the back, relieve back pain and help prevent problems in the future.”

The scheme will initially be offered to the firm’s 180 head office staff this month, then rolled out at the London and Reading sites with plans to run a FitBack week for all staff each quarter.
“It’s not just trying to combat the problems caused through working, but also trying to improve their general quality of life,” Dixon added.

Source: Employee

InTechnology Fit For Work Day a Great Success

“We were put in touch with FitBack through one of our employees who was already using them for an existing back complaint. They attended the offices over 2 days where massage sessions, advice clinics and exercise classes were arranged and which were made available to all employees. The instructors were very friendly and the set-up was extremely straight—forward, with minimum disruption to business. Although this was a different initiative to anything we have implemented in the past, a large number of employees participated in the sessions and the overall feedback was very positive. It is certainly something we will look to do again in the future. Back health is very important, particularly within an office environment and the fact that FitBack exists is very encouraging and something I would wholeheartedly recommend’”

Alex Phillips-Baker
InTechnology HR

FitBack go back to school

More than 700 sick days have been taken by 35 teachers and support workers at Greenhead High, Keighley, West Yorkshire, because of problems like sciatica, trapped nerves and slipped discs in the last 12 months.

Had the school covered for every day’s absence with supply teachers, it would have cost a £140,000.

Now headteacher Tricia McCarthy has enlisted the help of Jonathan Daniel, of Harrogate-based FitBack, as part of her Fit for Work programme – believed to be the first scheme of its kind at a school in the country.

Mr Daniel is holding advice clinics at the school to try to improve staff health and well-being. The school has paid for two on-site physiotherapy clinic days involving sessions with teaching and support staff who are, or have been, suffering from injuries and taking time off.

Mrs McCarthy, who sought similar advice to cure a 20-year back problem, said: “It certainly worked for me, so we started to think about how many of our people were having time off.

“I had no concept whatsoever of just how many days we were losing and quickly realised it was an opportune time to tackle the situation.”

The scheme has been greeted with enthusiasm by staff and further back pain prevention workshops, along with exercise classes, are now planned.

Mrs McCarthy is hoping it will also help drive up pupils’ results after a disappointing Ofsted report in January which graded it “inadequate”.

She said: “It’s all about delivering consistency in the way our staff work with and support students. If we’re to continue to raise standards, we need our people teaching in class and other key staff supporting the students.”


FitBack Go Soya

FitBack were asked to attend Alpro`s Health & Wellbeing week in June. They provided back pain prevention workshops, one to one consultations and massage sessions for their employees at their HQ in Northamptonshire. Feedback from staff has been excellent.

What the Alpro employees had to say:

“The advice and treatment given was excellent. The therapist was very informative and I found the advice really useful”

” Very professional..was given excellent advice”

“Enjoyed all the services… back exercises, massage and advice sessions. Very professional and friendly therapists”

Robin Higginson (FitBack Physiotherapist)

with Kate Arthur (Dietician and organiser of Health Week) from Alpro