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From Technostress to Technohealth

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Results from intervention program

   After 6 weeks, the Technohealth Experimental Group as compared to the Control Group reported a significant overall reduction in work-related symptoms [F(8, 19)=3.254, p<.01].   The report of symptoms reduced significantly included muscle strain of the head [ t(23) = 2.24 p < 0.05], neck and shoulder [ t(19) = 2.98, p < .01], wrist and hands [ t(22) = 3.02 p < 0.01], arms [t(22) = 2.16, p < .05], and overall tiredness [t( 24) = .2.35, p < .05].   There were no significant reductions in symptoms reported for the eyes [t(23) = .69, p > .05], back [ t(23) = 1.63, p > .05], and legs [ t(22) = 1.60, p > .05]. See Figure 4.  

 

 


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Figure 4. Self-report of symptom changes as compared to the beginning of the training program (SD is represented by the vertical black line for each area of discomfort).

 

 

 

 

The Technohealth Experimental Group as compared to the Control Group reported a meaningful overall improvement in work-style changes [F (5, 23)=5.232, p<.001]. Significantly more micro-breaks [ t(25) = 3.74, p < .01], meso-breaks [ t(22) = 5.47, p < .01], and macro-breaks [ t(20) = 4.16, p < .01] were reported. The Experimental Group as compared to the Control Group also practiced more diaphragmatic breathing [ t(22) = 3.36, p < .01] and applied more ergonomic principles at the workstation [ t(21) = 4.56, p < .01]. See Figure 5.

 

 

 


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Figure 5. Self-report of work style changes as compared to the beginning of the training program (SD is represented by the vertical black line for each work-style).

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Erik Peper, Ph.D. is an international authority on biofeedback and self-regulation. He is Professor and Co-Director of the Institute for Holistic Healing Studies, Department of Health Education. He is President of the Biofeedback Foundation of (more...)
 
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