Musculoskeletal Risk Management
 

Why is Muscle Balance, Spinal and Postural Alignment Important? 

Body symmetry, spinal, and postural alignment minimizes wear and tear on soft tissue and joints. In other words, good alignment and avoiding unnecessary friction reduces the risk of injury. 

Musculoskeletal injuries occur in both sedentary and active populations. Studies show that sedentary populations have a high risk for low back pain, pain in the hands, wrist, shoulders, and cervical spine. Highly active populations who participate in movements such as lifting, squatting, bending, pulling and pushing movements are at an increased risk for injury if the body is out of alignment. Movement on an misaligned frame causes abnormal wear patterns and may lead to pain or injury. The key to long-term musculoskeletal health is to realign the body in a preventative manner. It’s the same concept as maintaining your vehicle by getting alignments and rotating the tires.

Realign the body with the Kinesics App to: 

  1. Reduce the risk of injury

  2. Increase biomechanical efficiency 

  3. Increase productivity 

  4. Enhance the sense of wellbeing

  5. Decrease absences 

  6. Decrease insurance claims

What does the MSD Risk Program provide?

The MSD Risk Program begins with an initial evaluation of the organization’s participants. The purpose is to identify the organization’s target population segments who are high risk for a musculoskeletal (MSD) injury. Kinesics presents its data findings and intervention recommendations in the Risk IQ report. 

The MSD Risk Program begins with an initial evaluation to determine the participant’s level of musculoskeletal health. Immediately following the evaluation, participants receive a results review session and a corrective program for injury prevention including stretches and mobilizations. Participants are carefully re-assessed and monitored for changes, receive updated programs on regular intervals, and are re-evaluated annually. 

Participants are supported through the Kinesics App’s interactive features including participant check-in, PDFs, and video tutorials that demonstrate how to execute each program. 

What does the MSD Risk Program provide for the organization?

Going beyond individual evaluations, the MSD Risk Program evaluates the musculoskeletal health of the organization and target populations within the organization. Target Population Reports are invaluable for the identification and mitigation of musculoskeletal injury per group-specific job functions. 

 
 

THE MUSCULOSKELETAL (MSD) RISK PROGRAM

IDENTIFY YOUR HIGH-RISK TARGET POPULATIONS 

The MSD Risk Program begins with a risk appraisal of the organization’s participants to identify the target population segments with the highest MSD injury risk—Kinesics calls this a Risk IQ Score. Kinesics Risk IQ Report presents the data findings, identifies the level of MSD Risk per target population, and provides a recommendation for the organization’s next steps. Organizations may elect to implement injury prevention programs throughout their organization, or in the high-risk target populations. 

HOW IS THE RISK IQ SCORE CALCULATED? 

The Risk IQ Score is the average of each individual evaluation in a target population.

HOW ARE THE INDIVIDUAL EVALUATIONS CONDUCTED?

A Kinesics Licensed Provider (KLP) conducts a series of range of motion measurements on participating employees. The data from the evaluation is entered into the Kinesics App for analysis. Evaluations can be performed in as little as 20 minutes and do not exceed 60 minutes in length. The length of the evaluation is determined by the number of measurements taken.

Participant Setup 

Participants remain in their regular work clothes and are only required to remove their shoes. The measurements are taken with the participant in the following positions; standing, seated, and lying face up. This process is non-exertional, non-invasive, and easy to incorporate into a regular workday.

Where is the evaluation conducted? 

Anywhere onsite that there is a 10 x 10 space that can be used to set up a portable table.

The Evaluation Technology

Halo

The traditional tool used to take range of motion measurements is a goniometer. Goniometers have up to 30 degree variances. The Halo Digital Device is a new technology and is the most accurate range of motion measurement tool on the market. The Halo boasts a 1 degree variance on measurements and is FDA and TGA approved. Kinesics endorses the use of Halo when entering data into the Kinesics App. 

Kinesics App

The measurement data is entered into the Kinesics App as the evaluation is conducted. The Kinesics App is HIPAA compliant.

 
 

Injury Prevention

RISK MITIGATION AT THE INDIVIDUAL LEVEL

Participants from selected target populations receive a results review session and a Customized Flexibility Program to address the findings of their evaluation. Participants are supported with the Kinesics App’s interactive features including participant check-in, PDFs, and video tutorials that demonstrate how to execute each activity in their Customized Flexibility Program. 

WHAT INFORMATION IS IN AN INDIVIDUAL RESULTS REPORT? 

The Individual Report classifies each measurement taken as ideal, moderate, or severe, as well as each measurement’s percent of asymmetry—the difference between the right and left sides of the body.

Severe Ranges of Motion: These movements have a range of motion (level of movement) that is less than 49% of ideal levels of normal movement. 

Moderate Ranges of Motion: These movements have a range of motion (level of movement) that is between 50% and 89% of ideal levels of normal movement. 

Ideal Ranges of Motion: These movements have a range of motion (level of movement) that is greater than 90% of ideal level of normal movement. This is the level of movement necessary to execute daily movements and tasks as defined by medical associations.

 

In-app Individual Reports

The Individual Reports contain graphs that describe the overall percent of ideal for the body as a whole and for each body segment.

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A picture is worth a thousand words—the Kinesics body avatar says it all.

The Avatar illustrates the body’s restrictions and immobilizations in a way that is understandable and comprehensible, ultimately providing a resource for accountability, progress-tracking, and increased-engagement for employees.