Reprinted with permission by senior author.
Siana Goodwin, on-site Rolfer® at Starkey Laboratories, the world’s third largest hearing aid manufacturer, helped decrease their workmen’s compensation claims for carpal tunnel syndrome by 88%. Rolfing® has proven to be highly effective in managing repetitive stress injuries, and reducing insurance costs.
- Starkey Laboratories, of Eden Prairie, Minnesota U.S.A. is a custom Hearing Aid Manufacturer.
- Since 1992, Certified Rolfing Practitioner Siana Goodwin has been employed as a consultant, applying Rolfing Structural Integration with people who show early symptoms of repetitive motion injuries.
|In 1991 before Rolfing||In 1992 after Rolfing|
|Carpal tunnel surgeries in 1991 of 800 employees: Seven||Carpal Tunnel Surgery 1993–1995 of 800 employees: One|
|Workers Compensation Costs were above $350,000.||Workers Compensation Costs dropped 88% to 44,000|
|Average Cost per claim was $16,000||Average Cost per claim was $1,600|
|High Insurance Premiums||Lowered Insurance Premiums|
|Modification factor: 91%||Modification factor: 75%|
Some of the other benefits reported were:
- Drastic reduction in the severity of injuries, due to increased employee awareness, early reporting of symptoms and Rolfing intervention.
- Residual savings from a reduction in insurance premium costs for employer. By having a 16% drop in the modification factor.