Guidance on exercises to ease musculoskeletal discomfort

Research Report RR743, “Exercises to reduce musculoskeletal discomfort for people doing a range of static and repetitive work” has been published by the Health and Safety Executive and can be downloaded from: http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrpdf/rr743.pdf

The report concludes that “a selection of exercises have been identified that may reduce musculoskeletal discomfort that can be experienced by people who carry out a range of static and repetitive tasks at work”. It goes on to point out that whilst much of the evidence considered related to display screen equipment work, the principles will apply to other tasks involving intensive upper limb activity. The advice states that the exercises identified are likely to benefit people carrying out any repetitive or static upper limb related tasks, and can be performed during breaks throughout the working day, at the workplace, and only require a few seconds to perform. The final suggestion is that a leaflet could be put together containing clear and easy to follow advice on all the recommended exercises.

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