Coffee intake may ease office pain
A Norwegian study proclaims subjects who had coffee before performing computer work for 90 minutes had “significantly lower pain increase” in their neck, shoulders, forearms and wrists than those who did not drink coffee.
The study had 48 subjects, 22 with chronic shoulder and neck pain and 26 healthy ones, and the computer work was restricted to using only a mouse.
It sought to determine if subjects who had consumed coffee before performing a simulated computer office work task which provokes pain in the neck, shoulders, forearms and wrists exhibited a different time course in pain development than those who had abstained from coffee intake.
Those who consumed coffee before starting a pain–provoking office work task exhibited attenuated pain development compared with the subjects who had abstained.
These results might have potentially interesting implications of a pain-modulating effect of caffeine in an everyday setting.
BMC Research Notes