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Manufacturing

The principles of motion and how we use our bodies follow much the same rules of any other efficiency model, but on a more minute and detailed scale. A lot has been written about Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing, but there has been little thought put into how these principles must be structured to have an impact at the individual employee level.

Incorporating ergonomic evaluation and motion training within a manufacturing model has tremendous impact on quality and waste control. But the benefits extend far beyond eliminating wasted motion and loss of efficiency. We know that chronic pain, stress, depression and sleep deprivation lead to inaccuracy, employee turnover and absences, and that addressing pain and stress can eliminate many causes of depression and sleep deprivation leading to a higher functioning, more sustainable workforce.

Just an example of how the numbers add up:

  • According to recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Chrysler Corporation instituted a successful pilot program during 2007 that demonstrated more than half (55%) of employees who received the intervention eliminated their chronic back pain, compared to 0% of controls at program completion.
  • Intervention participants also experienced significant reductions in disability, stress, and depressive symptoms, as well as improvement in sleep.
  • According to the authors of the same JAMA study, the U.S. spent nearly $86 billion on treatment of back and neck problems in 2005, an increase of 65% from 1997, after adjusting for inflation.
  • Individuals with spine problems spent over $2500 more on medical care in 2005 than those without spine problems.