Dose-response of resistance training for neck-and shoulder pain relief: a workplace intervention study

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Key Points

  1. Work-based resistance training among workers with mild to moderate neck and shoulder pain is beneficial, however the best dose is unknown.
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BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE

Neck pain is a common condition with considerable personal and societal burden (1). It is particularly common in office workers, and strategies such as work-based resistance training have been recommended in an attempt to reduce the burden of neck pain (2). Short daily sessions of resistance training have previously demonstrated improvements in pain and strength (3,4), but the precise dose for the most optimal benefits in pain relief are unknown.

The aim of this study was to compare the effect of two different doses of work-based resistance training on pain relief and strength among workers with mild to moderate neck and shoulder pain. It was hypothesized that more frequent training would lead to greater pain relief.

Neck pain is a common condition with considerable personal and societal burden.
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Daily neck and shoulder work-based resistance training of a total time of around one hour per week may help reduce pain in workers with neck pain.

METHODS

In this study, 30 participants (23 females and 7 males) first undertook an 8 week control or baseline followed by 8 weeks of either once daily 10 minute or twice daily 10 minute exercise sessions, five days per week. The

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