Local PT Clinic Talks High-Risk Jobs – Guess What? It’s Yours

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If you have ever or are currently working a desk job, you know how hard it is to get up and move during the day.

It can be stressful to hear and see research supporting the idea that “sitting is the new smoking” especially if you spend 98% of your work day in front of your computer.

Fremont Therapy Group (in Green River) and Rocky Mountain Sports & Physical Therapy (in Rock Springs) want to help you get moving! We have been there.

Half of our employees are on their feet all day and very active, while the other half are tied to their desks with theraband. Kidding. But they are sitting for a huge portion of their day which can be problematic. Just ask Stacey from our Green River clinic.

Stacey’s Story
(One of the employees in our Green River clinic.)

“When I began official work for FTG, I was thrilled to learn and contribute to the FTG team. However, in the midst of learning the ropes, I found myself sitting for long hours in front of the computer. Large chunks of time would pass where I had not moved from my screen. This was the most sedentary job in my work career. I began to notice negative changes in my well-being–issues that I had rarely experienced prior. Low back pain, headaches, tennis elbow (thank you, excessive mouse use!), knee pain…even trouble with focus and grumpiness was creeping in…I was falling apart!

Luckily, Nick and Kris (our PTs in the Green River clinic) were just a step away and helped me with dry needling, stretches, and ultrasound as well as an ergonomic mouse along with a Theraball in place of a traditional chair. These things did help treat the symptoms, but the obvious cause was lack of movement for hours… sitting was the culprit. I had to make a change.

I reached out to PCC Kelsey (our resident yoga expert and former personal trainer). Kelsey was also new to FTG and beginning to feel the adverse effects of excessive sitting. She and I came up with a plan to try to get up and move about every 30 minutes. We each created a list of easy exercises and set a timer on our phones. The process had potential, but we found ourselves wasting time debating what exercise we should do, reps, time, etc. That is when the jar of popsicle sticks was born. We listed specific movements on each popsicle stick. These exercises ideally would take one to two minutes to complete and could be done at our workstations or in the back hallway. Every 40 minutes the timer alerts, we grab a stick…do that stick… simple as that!

The results were staggering. Better focus, less pain, overall increase in well-being and (believe it or not) work productivity! This is not intended to be a “break a sweat” work-out every 40 minutes, just a simple & fun way to get the blood flowing and combat the “sitting disease”.”

In an effort to help spread the health, FTG is kicking off a Get Moving Campaign for 2019!

The Get Moving Campaign

Stacey wasn’t the only one struggling with sitting at their desk all day, so we decided to implement the movement jar, company-wide.

Some of the exercises in the movement jar included a 30 second wall sit, 30 squats, 30 wall push-ups, drink 8 oz water and step outside for 5 deep breaths of fresh air, theraband monster walks.

As a result, our employees say they were able to focus better, had less pain and there was an overall increase in well being and work productivity.

The Get Moving Campaign was a simple, fun way to get the blood flowing and combat the “sitting disease” in our offices.

Now it’s your turn!

Fremont Therapy Group and Rocky Mountain Sports and Physical Therapy want to help you avoid injury AND get you motivated. We challenge you and your co-workers to start a Get Moving Campaign in your office.

If this is something you’d like to implement at your job, but need a little help to get going, email ally@ftgpt.com and we will help you Get Moving.

Riverton Clinic
2002 W. Sunset Dr.
(307) 856-7021

Lander Clinic
8268 Highway 789
(307) 332-5240

Rock Springs Clinic
1401 Gateway Blvd. #2
(307) 352-3626

Green River Clinic
330 Upland Way
(307) 875-4654

Rawlins Clinic
1102 W. Spruce
(307) 370-9175


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