Sunday, August 14, 2005


Research Shows Nordic Walking Can Reduce Neck & Shoulder Pain

Claim: Nordic Walking can reduce neck and shoulder pain

Research: Finnish study (Antitila et al. 1999).

Group: 55 female office workers.

Activity: Nordic Pole Walking using Exel poles, compared with regular walking training (without poles).

The EMG measurement showed that electrical activities of the muscles in the upper body (neck, shoulder, upper back) were significantly higher when walking with poles. Pole walking reduced neck and shoulder symptoms and subjective feeling of pain in the pole walking group. Mobility in the area of the back also increased.

Note: EMG = Electromyography

Electromyography is a test that assesses muscular health and activity and that of the nerves controlling the muscle.

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