Massage therapy performed on site, such as in a corporate or business setting, is am important venue for hands-on health care. New research shows seated massage therapy decreased the duration of musculoskeletal ache, pain and discomfort, and increased range of motion in office workers.

The researchers set out to determine the effects of workplace massage interventions on the degree of joint range of motion and on the level of musculoskeletal ache, pain or discomfort experienced when performing workplace responsibilities, according to an abstract published on www.pubmed.gov.

Nineteen female volunteers, aged 40-54 years old, were given seated massage on-site in the workplace, twice per week for one month.

To measure the results, the Cornell Musculoskeletal Discomfort Questionnaire was used, and range-of-motion measurements in degrees were taken. Subjects completed a series of self-report questionnaires that asked for information concerning musculoskeletal discomfort of the neck, upper back and lower back in the form of a body diagram, the abstract noted. A range-of-motion test was performed with a goniometer to assess cervical lateral flexion, cervical flexion, cervical extension, lumbar flexion, and lumbar extension, the abstract noted.

Among the results:

• There was a significant increase in range of motion for cervical lateral flexion and cervical extension.

• There was a significant decrease in the Cornell Musculoskeletal Discomfort Questionnaire values for the neck and the upper back.

“The effect of a corporate chair massage program on musculoskeletal discomfort and joint range of motion in office workers” was performed by researchers at the Institute of Kinesiology, Faculty of Sport, University of Ljubljana , Ljubljana, Slovenia, and ran in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.

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