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Effects of ambulant myofeedback training and ergonomic counselling in female computer workers with work-related neck-shoulder complaints: A randomized controlled trial

Journal article
Authors G. E. Voerman
Leif Sandsjö
M. M. R. Vollenbroek-Hutten
Pernilla Larsman
Roland Kadefors
H. J. Hermens
Published in Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
Volume 17
Issue 1
Pages 137-152
ISSN 1053-0487
Publication year 2007
Published at Department of Work Science
Department of Psychology
Pages 137-152
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10926-007-9066-...
Keywords work-related neck-shoulder complaints, myofeedback training, neck-shoulder region, COGNITIVE-BEHAVIORAL THERAPY, TRAPEZIUS MUSCLE-ACTIVITY, UPPER, EXTREMITY DISORDERS, PAIN DISABILITY INDEX, LOW-BACK-PAIN, EMG, BIOFEEDBACK, MUSCULOSKELETAL DISORDERS, RISK-FACTORS, PSYCHOSOCIAL, FACTORS, MEDICAL SECRETARIES
Subject categories Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified

Abstract

Objective: To investigate the effects of ambulant myofeedback training including ergonomic counselling (Mfb) and ergonomic counselling alone (EC), on work-related neck-shoulder pain and disability. Methods: Seventy-nine female computer workers reporting neck-shoulder complaints were randomly assigned to Mfb or EC and received four weeks of intervention. Pain intensity in neck, shoulders, and upper back, and pain disability, were measured at baseline, immediately after intervention, and at three and six months follow-up. Results: Pain intensity and disability had significantly decreased immediately after four weeks Mfb or EC, and the effects remained at follow up. No differences were observed between the Mfb and EC group for outcome and subjects in both intervention groups showed comparable chances for improvement in pain intensity and disability. Conclusions: Pain intensity and disability significantly reduced after both interventions and this effect remained at follow-up. No differences were observed between the two intervention groups.

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