Corporate Workshops

What is an Office Reboot Workshop?

Our collection of Office Reboot Workshops provides a one-of-a-kind interactive experience that teaches office workers proven strategies to eliminate chronic pain caused from sitting behind a desk for prolonged periods of time. We use a fun team-building approach to educate employees not only how to get out of pain but why they experience pain in the first place. Some specific issues we help office workers overcome include:

Back Pain

Neck Pain

Shoulder Pain

Hip Pain

Poor Posture

Flat Feet/foot pain

Knee Pain

Headaches/Migraines

Stiffness in joints/muscles

With just a few simple daily stretches and exercises that can be safely and conveniently done in the office, employees can easily reverse unhealthy movement compensations that would otherwise cause and exacerbate chronic pain indefinitely.

How is an Office Reboot Workshop Different than other Wellness Workshops?

Our main objective is to reverse and prevent chronic pain in the workplace. Other wellness programs usually provide temporary symptom relief that does not address the true cause of a chronic pain issue. Our workshops assist employees in finding the root cause of their pain or discomfort and equip them with the tools necessary to make lasting changes in their professional and personal lives.

What benefits do employees gain from participating in an Office Reboot Workshop 

It is all too common to hear office employees complain about back pain, shoulder pain, hip pain or some other chronic ailment. Just because this is common, does not mean it is normal. Just because we work behind a desk does not mean we should be suffering from debilitating neck pain or back pain or any other type of musculoskeletal pain. We have too often seen office employees seek pain relief through pain medication, massages, chiropractors, steroid injections, acupuncture or other conservative measures with no success. Even worse, many employees decide to get surgery as a last resort and even this intervention does not always bring pain relief.

The reason that most of these methods don’t work is that they do not correct the imbalances and compensations our bodies have adopted from working in an office. Our workshops focus on exactly that and we ensure that in each of our workshops, employees leave the conference room with less pain, better posture, and smiles on their faces. Most importantly, we leave your team with the knowledge and tools necessary to maintain the progress and eliminate pain from the office for good.

What benefits do employers gain from participating in an Office Reboot Workshop 

There is a wide range of benefits that employers gain from hosting an Office Reboot Workshop but the most profound can be broken down into three categories: (1) less absenteeism; (2) reduction in insurance premiums and (3) building team morale.

(1) Less Absenteeism

Countless studies around the world have consistently linked the connection between daily office work and chronic pain. Even more alarming are studies that show how many sick days are taken in connection with joint pain or osteoarthritis with one study reporting the number as high as 62.9 days a year. In 2018, there were only 250 working days so this number would equate to a quarter of all working days. Another study from 2014 discovered that 32% of those on prolonged sick leave due to back pain are not back to work within one month. When researchers calculated the annual losses to employers for missed workdays due to osteoarthritis on a national level, they concluded that the aggregate annual cost was $10.3 billion.

These numbers are obscenely high given the fact that almost all chronic joint pain issues are reversible through a proper daily stretching and exercise regimen. Unfortunately, many employees are not aware of this and once the pain gets bad enough, they begin jumping from one medical professional to another in search of some relief to their debilitating pain. Once these employees are in the “system” they can then become reliant on medical professionals’ advice for pain relief which heavily promotes taking time off from work. This common pattern can be avoided by educating employees on why their pain exists in the first place (daily improper movement habits) and instruction on how to manage and eliminate the pain themselves. Office Reboot can and will do that for your staff.

(2) Reduction in Insurance Premiums

The most expensive form of treatment for joint pain is elective surgery. Many of these elective surgeries are supported by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or X-Ray results. However, studies have consistently shown no correlation between some type of abnormality on an MRI scan or x-ray and the existence of pain.

For example, a common surgical procedure on the hip (hip arthroscopy) that treats hip impingement and labral tears costs $79,500. The basis for this surgery is abnormalities such as a hip labral tear on an MRI. However, a 2012 study from the American Journal of Sports Medicine found hip labral tears in 69% of asymptomatic study participants (no history of hip pain). The total cost of back surgery to repair an intervertebral disc herniation (the most common surgical procedure in the United States) can cost up to $99,544. Similarly, however, a study from the American Journal of Neuroradiology found disc degeneration in 80% of asymptomatic (no history of back pain) individuals aged 20 to 80. There are countless other studies from reputable medical journals showing the same pattern.

It’s probably not surprising that surgery is expensive but what might be a surprise is that most of these surgeries are justified by misleading data. One can have an abnormal MRI scan with no pain or have a completely normal MRI scan and have debilitating pain. Most insurers don’t even blink when presented with routine joint surgery claims. However, not only are most of these surgeries unnecessary and possibly harmful, but they also significantly increase insurance premiums.

What if your employees were educated on what recent research says about MRI scans? What if your employees were given the tools to fix their nagging back pain when it first starts instead of waiting until it gets so bad surgery seems like the only option? The Office Reboot Workshops accomplish this and more. We want to help keep your employees pain-free and away from the knife. This results in happier more productive employees and much lower insurance premiums.

(3) Building Team Morale

Each of our workshops contains small and large group activities so that employees can work together and get to know each other better. With the Office Reboot Workshops, employers can check off two corporate agendas for the price of one – keeping employees healthy while building team chemistry. Although we take the utmost care and prudence when presenting our subject matter, we also keep it light and fun for the participants. For the duration of the one-hour workshop, our focus is having employees learn more about their bodies while engaging and brainstorming with their coworkers. The end result is a healthier, happier and more productive office.

What are the different types of Office Reboot Workshops?

We offer a wide variety of workshops depending on your office’s needs. If you’re scheduling your first workshop with us, we recommend the “Introduction, Upper Body and Neck Pain Workshop” because it presents some of the general ideas of our methodology and we have found that the back and neck area are the most common areas for pain in most office workers. We also offer workshops for lower body pain, rounded shoulders, 5-minute daily reboot regimen, natural movement, ergonomics, myths of the fitness industry, joint mobility, stretch for pain relief and many more. If you have a particular idea or request you’d like to explore, feel free to let us know and we’ll do everything in our power to meet your vision.

How much is an Office Reboot Workshop?

First workshop is only $150. All future individual workshops are $195. Five-packs are available for $900. Larger packages are available as well, please ask us for rates.

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