Author: Elfering A, Arnold S, Schade V, Burger C, Radlinger L.
Department of Work and Organizational Psychology, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland.
Conference/Journal: Saf Health Work.
Date published: 2013 Sep
Other: Volume ID: 4 , Issue ID: 3 , Pages: 149-155 , Word Count: 147
Stochastic resonance whole-body vibration training (SR-WBV) was tested to reduce work-related musculoskeletal complaints.
Participants were 54 white-collar employees of a Swiss organization. The controlled crossover design comprised two groups each given 4 weeks of exercise and no training during a second 4-week period. Outcome was daily musculoskeletal well-being, musculoskeletal pain, and surefootedness. In addition, participants performed a behavioral test on body balance prior to when SR-WBV started and after 4 weeks of SR-WBV.
Across the 4-week training period, musculoskeletal well-being and surefootedness were significantly increased (p < 0.05), whereas musculoskeletal pain was significantly reduced only in those who reported low back pain during the last 4 weeks prior to the study (p < 0.05). Body balance was significantly increased by SR-WBV (p < 0.05).
SR-WBV seems to be an efficient option in primary prevention of musculoskeletal complaints and falls at work.
low back pain, musculoskeletal system, occupational health