Effect of yogic exercises on symptoms of musculoskeletal disorders of upper limbs among computer users: a randomised controlled trial

Indian J Med Sci. 2011 Oct;65(10):424-8.


Background and objectives: Upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) are very common in regular computer users and leading cause of work related illness. The objective of the present study is to evaluate effectiveness of yogic exercises in the improvement of symptoms of MSDs of upper limbs.

Materials and methods: 60 study participants were randomly divided into two groups that is yoga with counselling and only counselling group for 12 weeks. Symptom severity and functional status were assessed using the self administered Boston Carpal Tunnel Questionnaire and predesigned symptom questionnaire before and after intervention.

Results: There was significant reduction in symptom severity score (P = 0.002) and improvement in functional status score in yoga with counselling group when compared to only counselling group. There is also a significant decrease in self reported symptoms like CT myalgia symptom (P = 0.019) and improvement in weakness.

Conclusion: The present study showed a yoga based regimen is more effective than counselling alone in relieving symptoms of computer related musculoskeletal disorders.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Computers*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Muscle Stretching Exercises / methods*
  • Musculoskeletal Diseases / etiology
  • Musculoskeletal Diseases / rehabilitation*
  • Occupational Diseases / etiology
  • Occupational Diseases / rehabilitation*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Upper Extremity / physiopathology*
  • Yoga*