The "PBM" System
What is it?
The IHMS Preventative Body Maintenance program (PBM) is a program that allows for early treatment of musculoskeletal aches and pains that, when ignored, can lead to work or non work related muscle and joint injuries. During a PBM visit, a therapist may walk through the work area or come to the work site to observe workers’ movement patterns and ergonomic set-ups and make suggestions that can improve productivity, safety, and worker comfort. The therapist will also be available to consult with workers on work and non work related physical complaints or concerns and suggest appropriate prevention and early self-treatment options. This allows an employee to “catch” potential problems early and prevent injuries. Most of these manual treatments take less than 25 minutes of the worker’s time and can be done right at their work site or office. This is the most effective pro-active approach in preventing work related musculoskeletal disorders.
How is it better than Traditional Services?
On site Physician or Physician Assistant Services - traditionally these are a medical diagnostic and treatment services. The treatment of choice is usually the prescription of medication and or physical therapy, as well as self treatment with ice or heat.
In Vermont, a physical/occupational therapist can evaluate and treat musculoskeletal problems for 30 days without a doctor’s referral. Therefore, by having a physical/occupational therapist skilled in both manual therapy and ergonomics, the worker can be treated and the potential risk factor reduced, eliminating the need to seek medical attention in most cases. These services are usually cost effective as well.
Massage Therapy: is one type of manual therapy, but the background and training of most massage therapists do not allow them to adequately evaluate musculoskeletal injuries related to work recommendations to reduce risk factors.
A physical/occupational therapist trained in manual therapy will have the background in joint mobilization, muscle energy techniques, myofascial release, strain counterstrain, and massage, as well as in-depth training in therapeutic progressive exercise. These techniques applied correctly can quickly reduce the stress to the muscles and joints allowing for efficient movement.
Who Provides the Service?
"THE BODY MECHANICS" These are Physical/Occupational Therapists and Athletic Trainers registered in Vermont, New Hampshire and New York who have strong manual therapy expertise and ergonomic certification. We are experienced industrial physical/occupational therapists, which mean we understand workers and can provide services with minimal disruption to the work cycle. We bring our expertise to you.
Our Motto: “Restoration and Education of Efficient Movement, Function, Productivity, Health, and Life”
Injury and Health Management Solutions, Inc. (IHMS) is a consulting company specializing in work injury management. The specialized staff is made up of registered physical and occupational therapists with over 20 years experience in physical and occupational therapy, with specialization in industrial rehabilitation, orthopedics, and manual therapy. We are well recognized as experts in our field.
The owners of Injury & Health Management Solutions, Inc. (IHMS), Louise Lynch, PT, CEES, CWCE, and Erica Galipeau, PT, CEES, CWCE, are instructors in industrial rehabilitation around the world. We are Certified Ergonomic Evaluator Specialists and Functional Capacity Evaluators and are contracted in the legal arena to serve as an expert witness in trials.
- Educate the employee on safe work practices, as well as physical coaching while performing actual work duties.
- Treat musculoskeletal trigger points and muscle aches, followed by the teaching of specific stretches to prevent further re-occurrences and re-aggravation.
- Test for potential nerve injuries (Carpal Tunnel) and instruct in early intervention strategies to prevent further problems.
- Problem solving and consultation in appropriate medical care for musculoskeletal dysfunction.
- Provide the company with the resources necessary to be pro-active in the prevention of soft tissue injuries.
- Ergonomic problem solving.
- Referral of specific problems to a physician for earlier diagnosis and treatment of medical problems.
What are they? These are 15 minute lectures on various safety and health topics. The talks can be specific to work issues and are done right in the employees’ work area.
- General Ergonomics
- Office Ergonomics
- Safe Lifting
- Rotator Cuff Injury Prevention
- Tennis Elbow Injury Prevention
- Carpal Tunnel Injury Prevention
- Basic Nutrition
- Starting an Exercise Program
- Any Other Topics as Suggested by the Employer
Philosophy of our Services:
Injury & Health Management Solutions, Inc. (IHMS) restores and promotes efficient movement and function, which leads to improved productivity, health, and a better life. We believe that teaching workers how their body works, how to move and work efficiently, and how to restore overall health, is the best way to prevent injuries and provide cost savings. We are known by local workers as “The Body Mechanics”. We are able to quickly evaluate and treat soft tissue discomforts before they become a lost time injury.
For a Cost Proposal, please call our office at 802-655-7575