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Int J Occup Saf Ergon. 2014;20(2):339-53.

Effect of different types of rest-break interventions on neck and shoulder muscle activity, perceived discomfort and productivity in symptomatic VDU operators: a randomized controlled trial.

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1
Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.
2
Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. cmontaka@chula.ac.th.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study evaluated the effect of different types of activities during rest-break interventions on neck and shoulder muscle activity, muscle discomfort and productivity among symptomatic video display unit (VDU) operators performing prolonged computer terminal work.

STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING:

Randomized controlled trial was used. Thirty symptomatic VDU operators were randomly assigned to 2 active break groups (stretching and dynamic movement) and a reference group. The subjects performed the same typing task for 60 min and received 3-min breaks after each 20 min of work. Root mean square and median frequency were calculated for neck and shoulder muscle activity. Muscle discomfort was measured with Borg's CR-10 scale. Productivity was measured by counting words.

RESULTS:

There were no significant differences between the types of activities during breaks on neck and shoulder muscle activity, muscle discomfort or productivity. However, there was a significant difference in the level of muscle discomfort over time.

CONCLUSIONS:

Three types of activity during breaks showed a favourable effect on neck and shoulder muscle activity and productivity, and a positive effect on muscle discomfort in symptomatic VDU operators.

PMID:
24934429
DOI:
10.1080/10803548.2014.11077048
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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