Although built for convenience and affordability, comfortable, relaxing or most of all therapeutic are not terms we typically associate with public transportation. In fact as a chiropractic doctor, I can tell you that most of the individuals in my health and wellness family schedule their spinal alignment appointments around travel plans anticipating some of the discomforts experienced in cars, buses, trains and airplanes. This is an unfortunate consequence of public transportation but it doesn’t have to be. 2020 is ready for its first mobile therapy transportation system made available by Body Mechanics Health and Wellness, LLC, a mobile health and wellness business. Therapy on the (Indy)GO is a workable solution that achieves integrating transportation options that create a unique healthcare experience for Indianapolis residents, workers and visitors as they move around Marion County.
Physically, humans have adopted postural habits that have begun to have detrimental effects on our bodies in the form of anatomical changes, neck and back pain. Majority of the complaints that I see in practice are manageable with self-care and intentional implementation of daily health habits. In general, we all have lifestyle habits that put necessary stress on our bodies and we need to be able to properly manage that pain in order to accomplish our daily routines.
- The Center for Disease Control states that musculoskeletal disorders are associated with high costs to employers such as absenteeism, lost productivity, and increased health care, disability, and worker’s compensation costs.
- Low-back pain costs Americans at least $50 billion in health care costs each year—along with lost wages and decreased productivity that figure easily rises to more than $100 billion dollars each year.
- Cell phone, computer and tablet use has increased the prevalence of forward head carriage, reversed curvature of the cervical spine (and also, the epidemic of “text-neck” a condition associated with excessive use of technology for long periods of time.)
These are just a few of the general problems that speak to the effects that pain has on the cost of healthcare and business productivity in America. People that are in good health tend to out-perform those that are not and so having a healthy operational business these days tends to mean more than financial prosperity. My corporate clients can speak to this as many of them have expressed that having therapy more readily available to them has enhanced their work environment and improved their working experience. This is the nature of having accessible preventative healthcare options and this is something my business would like to offer to the Indianapolis area on a larger scale.
We can create public transportation seats that support proper spinal alignment and provide the opportunity for self-care for common, non-emergent aches and pains by adding features to a public transportation seat that heat the muscles of the back, provide neck and low back supports, implement height adjustable seating, fashion arm rests that properly support the upper body, and incorporate an eye-level holder for mobile devices. Proper seated posture includes creating 90 degree angles at the hips, knees and ankles with the feet resting comfortably on the ground. The current seat is designed to be inclusive for patrons of various shapes and sizes however; it isn’t always the “correct fit.”
We will improve the health and welfare of Indiana residents of Marion County by providing time sparing self care technologies and cost efficient therapy options on a mobile vehicle using evidence based healthcare solutions. This solution does not fit within just one of the four traditional opportunity areas, it touches on aspects of a few of them and addresses an unmet need in the city as it pertains to healthcare accessibility, community health education, and improving the overall mental and physical health of Indiana residents.