Esa-Pekka Takala

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BACKGROUND Different types of exercises can help manage chronic neck pain. Supervised exercise interventions are widely used, but these protocols require substantial resources. The aim of this trial, which focused on adherence, was to evaluate two home exercise interventions. METHODS This parallel group randomized controlled trial included 57 women(More)
The objective of this study was to compare the effects of using a forearm or wrist support on muscular load in the forearm and neck–shoulder region during work with a computer mouse. Fourteen 35-to 50-year-old healthy women who worked with a video display unit for at least 4 hr a day in an office and who also used a computer mouse for at least 2 hr a day(More)
UNLABELLED Surface electromyography (EMG) is commonly used to study the loading of the forearm. Pro-supination movements cause surface electrodes to move in relation to the underlying muscles. We studied the effects of different electrode locations and forearm postures on the association between the EMG signals and external hand load in a laboratory(More)
INTRODUCTION Previous research suggests that work with a suitable workload may promote health and work retention in people with disability. This study will examine whether temporary work modifications at the early stage of work disability are effective in enhancing return to work (RTW) or staying at work among workers with musculoskeletal or depressive(More)
This paper describes a new video-based observation method aimed to assess musculoskeletal load in kitchen work, aspects of its repeatability and validity, and problems confronted by the observers. Two pairs of researchers observed individually 117 video clips recorded in kitchens. Interobserver repeatability was assessed by computing the proportion of(More)
BACKGROUND Exercise is often used in the treatment of chronic neck and shoulder muscle pain. It is likely that psychological aspects have an impact on the results of exercise-based treatments. OBJECTIVES (1) To examine the associations between psychological factors and the effect of a home-based physical exercise intervention. (2) To examine differences(More)
OBJECTIVES We aimed to investigate the relationship of task variation during dental work history with pinch grip strength among dentists. METHODS We measured pinch grip strength among 295 female Finnish dentists aged 45-63 years. Variation in dental work tasks during work history was empirically defined by cluster analysis. Three clusters of task(More)
BACKGROUND The importance of staying active instead of bed rest has been acknowledged in the management of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). This emphasizes the potential benefits of adjusting work to fit the employee's remaining work ability. Despite part-time sick leave being an official option in many countries, its effectiveness has not been studied(More)