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To Avoid Muscle Pain While Performing Computer Work, Move Once In Awhile

July 7, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
A Canadian kinesiologist says there are effective ways to prevent the muscular and skeletal pain felt by 10 percent of office workers who overuse certain muscles. In a recent experiment, Julie Côté’s research team had participants perform a 90-minute typing task – either walking on a treadmill or sitting – while muscle activity was measured in their necks, shoulders, forearms, wrists, and lower backs. They found that there was lower, but more variable, neck and shoulder activity – and thus less discomfort – when participants walked. She concluded that treadmill workstations could help reduce muscle pain associated with computer work. But the basic advice is fairly simple: to avoid pain and discomfort, office workers should make minor movements and adjustments of position every few minutes.
"Taking the pain out of office work", News release, McGill University, July 07, 2015, © McGill University
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