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Musculoskeletal Health

Gold Standard  Employer: Amgen

Musculoskeletal Health

Amgen’s wellness team provides ongoing Functional Movement Screenings (FMS) as a preventative measure for musculoskeletal issues. The FMS is a series of 7 movements and 3 pain clearing tests designed to create awareness of movement restrictions and objectively quantify the individual’s movement quality. The screen looks at the integration of 3 movement factors; flexibility, strength, and motor control. Research has demonstrated that a requisite baseline movement score is necessary to minimize your risk of musculoskeletal injury; however with properly prescribed exercise intervention your baseline movement metric can be improved.
 
A lacrosse ball can be used as a mobility tool. It is used to break up muscle knots and hard to reach trigger points. Amgen provides lacrosse balls and hosts brief wellness workshops to teach staff members how to relieve tension while at work, while traveling, and at home. Additionally, foam rolling classes are offered at some of the U.S. Amgen sites as part of the group fitness schedule. Participants are taught how to relieve tight muscles in order to improve musculoskeletal wellbeing