Rolfing for Work Related Repetitive Motion Injuries

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.

Chart showing repetitive motion injuries and costs reducing while employees Rolfed increasing

Synopsis

  • 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.

Results

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.