According to a recent study by Dutch researchers, regular exercise might be even more important than ergonomic devices in treating work-related upper body complaints and repetitive stress injuries. Researcher Arianne Verhagen, Ph.D., MSc, a physiotherapist at Erasmus University Medical Centre in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and her team reviewed 21 studies on work-related arm, neck and shoulder complaints. The studies included 2,110 patients.
Tested against other interventions such as relaxation, ultrasound, biofeedback and ergonomic workplace adjustments, Verhagenâ€™s team found that exercise was most often the most beneficial. Most of the exercise studies showed beneficial results, said Verhagen, but no particular exercise type stood out as being best.
A recent review appears in the current issue of the Cochrane Library, published by the Cochrane Collaboration, an international nonprofit consortium that promotes evidence-based medicine. To read the review, visit www.cochrane.org