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This study examined psychological and physiological stress, as well as muscle tension and musculoskeletal symptoms, among 72 female supermarket cashiers. Stress levels were found to be significantly elevated at work, as reflected in the catecholamines, blood pressure, heart rate, electromyographic (EMG) activity, and self-reports. Fifty cashiers (70%)(More)
Work related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) in the shoulder/neck area are a common and increasing problem among European computer workers, especially women. Long-term low-level workloads with low degree of muscle rest are a potential risk factor for developing WMSDs. The purpose of the present study of female computer users (age 45-65 years) in Denmark(More)
The electromyographic (EMG) activity patterns of 18 female supermarket employees reporting neck and shoulder pain were compared with those of 6 of their female colleagues reporting no pain when doing cash-register work. It was found that the EMG activity of the trapezius muscle tended to show a lack of low and high levels among pain subjects, and that the(More)
In order to understand the high prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders associated with stressful work, it is important to explore the relationship between muscle activity and psychophysiological stress responses. The present real-life study examines surface trapezius electromyographic (sEMG) activity, heart rate, blood pressure, and levels of urinary(More)
Intermittent disturbances are common in ECG signals recorded with smart clothing: this is mainly because of displacement of the electrodes over the skin. We evaluated a novel adaptive method for spatio-temporal filtering for heartbeat detection in noisy multi-channel ECGs including short signal interruptions in single channels. Using multi-channel database(More)
This paper presents the manufacturing and characterisation of fully textile woven sensors based on melt-spun piezoelectric bicomponent fibres. The piezoelectric fibres were used as warp in different weave constructions together with three different commercially available conductive yarns as weft. The conductive yarns constitute an electrode for the sensor.(More)
In order to relate EMG signs of localized muscle fatigue to subjectively perceived muscle fatigue, a study was undertaken on 20 healthy volunteers exposing their right trapezius muscle by raising the arm to 90 degrees of abduction. Every person performed two contractions: 0 kg hand load during 5 min and 2 kg hand load during 2.5 min. Surface EMG was(More)
The aim of the study was to present the prevalence of clinical signs and symptoms among female computer users above 45 years, both in a group with self-reported neck/shoulder trouble (NS cases) and in a group without such trouble (NS controls). The hypothesis was that computer users with self-reported neck/shoulder trouble have more clinical findings than(More)
Musculoskeletal disorders in the neck and shoulder area are a major occupational concern in the European countries especially among elderly females. The aim was to assess these disorders based on quantitative EMG indicators and functional tests. 252 female computer users (45-68 years) were recruited from four European countries in two contrast groups: (1)(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the effects of ambulant myofeedback training including ergonomic counselling (Mfb) and ergonomic counselling alone (EC), on work-related neck-shoulder pain and disability. METHODS Seventy-nine female computer workers reporting neck-shoulder complaints were randomly assigned to Mfb or EC and received four weeks of intervention.(More)