A recent study from Norway reveals that people who drink one cup of coffee before working at a computer for 90 minutes reported less neck pain. The study was published September 3 in the BMC Research Notes journal.
The study included 48 subjects. Twenty-two of the subjects had a history of chronic neck and shoulder pain, and 26 subjects had no such previous complaints. All subjects completed 90 minutes of computer based work, and 19 subjects consumed one cup of coffee prior to starting the work.
Pain intensity was measured every 15 minutes during the work period. Those who had consumed coffee prior to working reported significantly less pain during the task.
One problem with the study is that the participants were not blinded as to which group they were in. Coffee drinkers knew that they had consumed coffee, and this may bias the results.
So consumption of coffee before starting computer work may have a pain modulating function. Like we needed another reason to enjoy the delicious java.
Physical therapy for neck pain involves exercises to help improve neck mobility and postural correction to help limit stress and strain on the neck.
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