Effect of Muscles Stretching Program on Work-Related Muscles Aches among Laundry Workers in Maharaj Nakhon Si Thammarat Hospital
Keywords:Muscles Stretching Program, Muscles aches of Worker-related, Laundry workers
This one group pre-posttest quasi-experimental study aimed to compare effects of muscles stretching programs on work-related muscle aches among laundry workers in Maharaj Nakhon Si Thammarat hospital. Total of 18 workers of the laundry unit was purposively selected to participate in 12 weeks of muscles stretching programs. The study was conducted during August - October 2019. The data were analyzed using paired t-test at 5% significance level. The result found that after participating the muscles stretching programs, laundry workers significantly reduced the muscle ache scores in elbows, wrists, ankles, and hips (p-values < 0.05) while the muscle flexibility scores also significantly increased (p-value < 0.05). To reduce the muscle aches a period of time should be provided for laundry workers to receive a regular stretching program. Good results can be achieved by focusing on the principles of stretching and holding each position and promoting the health literacy of occupational ergonomic hazards of individuals by raising self-health awareness of the laundry workers.
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