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RR309 - International review of the literature relating to the benefits of limbering up exercises at work

This study aimed to look at limbering up exercises as a means of reducing work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSDs). The potential benefits of limbering up exercises in the workplace were studied through:

The gap analysis indicated that there is not enough quantitative and reliable scientific evidence to make recommendations to industry about implementing limbering up exercises in workplaces as a means of reducing WRMSDs. It was noted, however, that the benefits of general physical (cardio-vascular) exercise as a means of reducing absenteeism from work is better documented and could be recommended. While this would help to meet the HSE’s aims of reducing absenteeism from work, it is not clear whether this reduction in absentee rates could be associated with any reduction in WRMSDs. A more rigorous programme of well designed research would be required in order to definitively answer the remaining questions regarding the benefits of limbering up exercises.

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Updated 2010-03-19