Scientists from the University of Medical Sciences in Bochum (Germany) found that exercise reduces the risk of neck pain by half. The research was published in the journal Journal of Orthopedics and Sports Physical Therapy.
Researchers conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of existing studies on the relationship between neck pain and exercise. They analyzed five studies involving 1,722 people.
The results confirmed that regular exercise can reduce the risk of neck pain by approximately half in the 12 months following the last episode of pain. They were especially effective among office workers.
Scientists believe that companies whose employees work from the office may be interested in implementing an exercise program.
“The message for companies is clear: If 100 people work in an office, around 30 of them will experience neck pain in the next year. However, if an exercise program is implemented, this number will drop by almost half, to 17 per 100. Such programs of course have other benefits for employees and the company,” concluded Daniel Belavi, professor of physiotherapy at Bochum University of Medical Sciences.
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