It might surprise you to know that the way pain actually works is not widely understood and that the worker’s perception of a threat is what dictates the intensity of their pain experience.
At Fit For Work, our Onsite Injury prevention programs are geared toward focusing on the leading indicators to an injury, not simply reacting to a soreness. When looking at all of these indicators, early soreness of an employee often garners the most attention. And while it is crucial to have a symptom/response process in place to address a leading indicator, there are two important considerations you should be aware of:
Billions of dollars are spent each year on high-tech imaging of body parts via MRIs. As a result, millions of people are diagnosed with terms that often sound downright scary, such as Degenerative Disc Disease and Lytic Spondylolisthesis.
When it comes to injuries in the workplace, the details of each incident matter, but there’s another major consideration that’s equally important: perception.
When it comes to injury prevention, a great deal of attention goes to ergonomics, repetitive actions, pain control, and other physical factors. While those are all significant, there’s one aspect that tends to get overlooked: mindset.
Can someone think his or her way to better health, fewer injuries, and beneficial outcomes? Does perception really play a role in what’s happening at a physical level?