The latest health and wellbeing news from The Health Insurance Group
Welcome to the Q4 edition of Inspire, our quarterly newsletter, designed to keep you informed about the issues that could be relevant to your business.
In this edition we look at musculoskeletal health (MSK). The ageing population in the UK and rising levels of obesity and inactivity, has seen the number of individuals living in constant pain escalate over the past few decades. But many of the risk factors for these conditions can be reduced.
Since the first news story about Harvey Weinstein surfaced in Autumn 2017 and the recent allegations against Sir Philip Green, sexual harassment in the workplace has been a hot topic.
From an ill-judged remark to full-blown assault, workplaces can be a breeding ground for sexual harassment.
The cost of musculoskeletal conditions (MSK) to business and the UK economy is substantial. In 2016 over 30 million working days were lost due to MSK conditions alone (22.4 per cent of all sickness absence) costing the UK economy an estimated £7 billion per annum (PHE, 2017).
We know that MSK conditions are common and can cause disruption to people’s lives and work. These conditions will also increase the older the workforce becomes.
In simple terms ‘musculoskeletal’ health (MSK) relates to your muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints functioning well and being pain free.
If everything is working well we don’t really notice our musculoskeletal health, but as soon as something goes wrong it can affect our lives significantly.
The festive season can be an exceptionally enjoyable but stressful time of year. There are so many things to do, food and presents to buy, preparation for visitors. But many people get injured, cut, or burnt and need medical treatment every year during the Christmas period.
Here are some tips on how to stay injury-free during the Christmas period.