J Korean Acad Rehabil Med.  2004 Aug;28(4):347-351.

Effects of Jazz Dance Program on Musculoskeletal Pains of Telephone Operators

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, College of Medicine, Hanyang University, Korea. dk-hymed@hanmail.net
  • 2Department of Dance and Well Being, College of Human Movement and Science, Korea.

Abstract


OBJECTIVE
The purpose of this study was to estimate the effects of a jazz dance program on musculoskeletal pains of female telephone operators. METHOD: Ten female telephone operators with neck and upper extremity discomfort were studied. The jazz dance program was carried out three times a week for 12 weeks. The effect of the jazz dance program was assessed with visual analogue scale (VAS) and the pressure thresholds of muscles of right neck and shoulder (the upper trapezius, rhomboideus, infraspinatus, and levator scapulae) with pressure algometer before and after exercise in every week. RESULTS: There was significant increase of the pressure thresholds on four muscles of right neck and shoulder (p<0.05). There was significant decrease of the averages of VAS of neck and upper extremity (p<0.05). CONCLUSION: Jazz dance program is an effetive tool for the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal pains in Visual Display Terminal (VDT) workers.

Keyword

Jazz dance; Video display terminal; Visual analogue scale; Pressure threshold

MeSH Terms

Computer Terminals
Female
Humans
Muscles
Musculoskeletal Pain*
Neck
Shoulder
Superficial Back Muscles
Telephone*
Upper Extremity
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