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Office initiative reduces headaches and neck and shoulder pain by more than 40 percent
Date:5/14/2008

dy group reported a 41 per cent reduction in headache burden, compared with a two per cent fall for the control group.

  • The burden of neck and shoulder pain was 54 per cent lower in the study group by the end of the study, with the control group recording a reduction of four per cent.

    Staff in the study group were asked to carry out a series of relaxation and posture exercises every two to three hours and provided with red labels to place around their work area to remind them to avoid excessive contraction of their head and shoulder muscles explains lead author Professor Franco Mongini from the Headache and Facial Pain Unit at the University of Turin, Italy.

    The exercises also included two daily periods of ten to 15 minutes when staff relaxed quietly at home in a comfortable armchair with warming pads placed on their cheeks and shoulders.

    The programme was designed by the lead author and was explained using a short film, followed by a practical demonstration and training.

    Staff were also provided with information sheets on the exercises and the clinician leading the study revisited the workplace in months four and six to remind staff of the procedures.

    The study and control groups were based in separate offices to avoid cross contamination of the results. 90 per cent of the 384 employees who agreed to take part completed the study. Most were female (80 per cent), with an average age of 46.

    Headache and neck and shoulder pain are both a clinical challenge and a major health problem stresses Professor Mongini, whose research was primarily funded by the Compagnia di San Paolo in Turin, with additional funding from Region Piemonte.

    Last year Cephalalgia published a study by Stovner et al that suggested that the worldwide prevalence of headache was as high as 46 per cent in adults, with 11 per cent suffering from migraine, 42 per cent from tension headaches and three per cent from chronic
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