Psychophysiological stress responses, muscle tension, and neck and shoulder pain among supermarket cashiers.

@article{Lundberg1999PsychophysiologicalSR,
  title={Psychophysiological stress responses, muscle tension, and neck and shoulder pain among supermarket cashiers.},
  author={Ulf Lundberg and Ingela Dohns and B W Melin and Leif Sandsj{\"o} and Gunnar Palmerud and Roland Kadefors and Magnus Ekstr{\"o}m and Doug Parr},
  journal={Journal of occupational health psychology},
  year={1999},
  volume={4 3},
  pages={245-55}
}
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%) suffering from neck-shoulder pain (trapezius myalgia) were found to have higher EMG activity at work and reported more tension after work. Women… CONTINUE READING