The connection between body mobility and work well-being

The lack of body mobility can have a significant impact on well-being. Causing problems like tightness and pain, decreased work efficiency and slow recovery, it decreases time spent at work. Did you know that musculoskeletal problems are one of the most common reasons for sick leaves?

The tricky part is that people rarely understand the importance of mobility in their well-being and are thus not motivated to make a change. At least not until it is too late.

We wanted to experiment the effect of body mobility and work wellbeing and did a pilot with a state-owned company in Finland (more than 8000 employees).

Description of the pilot

The goal of the pilot was to measure and improve employees’ body mobility to improve work well-being through decreasing stiffness and enhancing recovery and performance.

In the beginning, each participant was analyzed with the TE3 Mobility Analysis to find the body’s potential restrictions and improvement areas. Then based on the results, each participant got their own tailored exercise program.

The training period was boosted with TE3 group training once a week that focused on 4 areas of body maintenance. The structure of the group training was based on the participant’s average results of TE3 Mobility Analysis.

The participants were re-measured after a 6-week training period to monitor the progress. In addition, the participants answered a feedback survey after the pilot period.

In a nutshell

  • 6 weeks
  • 8 participants
  • 2 x TE3 Mobility Analysis
  • daily individual exercise programs
  • 4 x weekly group training sessions
  • a feedback survey

Results after 6 weeks of training

Average results of the TE3 Mobility Analysis

BEFORE
AFTER

green = sufficient mobility
red = restricted mobility

On average, the participants’

mobility improved 21%
pain conditions decreased 55%
imbalances decreased 14% 

Summary of the feedback survey

87,5% said their understanding of body mobility’s importance improved
37,5% said their work efficiency improved
25% said their concentration at work improved
87,5% said their motivation towards independent mobility exercising improved
37,5% said their vitality improved
25% said their sleep quality improved

100% of the participants were going to continue mobility training independently after the pilot period likely or very likely 

100% of the participants would recommend the TE3 Work Wellbeing package to a friend or co-worker likely or very likely.

Comments from the participants

”You easily forget body maintenance and not until the pain comes, you start to remember or start recovery exercising through occupational health. Thus, this was much needed and I have to try to remember these in the future.”

”I am ready to pay for the next measurement myself if this doesn’t continue through my employer.”

”This is just what us desk workers should be offered - low threshold exercises that are based on measurement results and do not seem too insuperable hard to learn. I have incorporated the exercises into my exercise routine and noticed a clear difference in my back pain. I especially liked that this concept introduced a fairly simple way to activate your body. 4 exercises (that I did 2-4 times per week) and one weekly group training activate your body nicely. I hope that the smart stick training will become a part of our regular selection!”

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