Biochemical markers and blood flow
Combinations of biochemical and haemodynamic measurements are used to find markers, which help to discover and characterize work-related muscle pain in the neck and shoulders and identify their physical risk factors.
The research will aid the development and evaluation of new interventions aimed at achieving a healthier working life. In the laboratory, biomarkers are combined with near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), electrical stimulation and other methods to investigate strain, fatigue and recovery among test subjects with differing working conditions; e.g., some have breaks, others do not.
Elderly test subjects will be studied as greater numbers of elderly people will work for more years, and workers with high levels of exposure to high-risk physical strain, both with and without complaints, will also be studied.
Research in this program
- Stress, inflammation and blood flow during repetitive arm work with a focus on gender, age and work-related pain
- Syrgasmätning och elektromyografi
- The relationship between oxygenation and myoelectric activity in the forearm and shoulder muscles of males and female
- Differences in oxygenation and myoelectric activity in the forearm and shoulder muscles of healthy subjects versus patients suffering from chronic shoulder or forearm muscle pain
- Onset and recovery of fatigue and hemodynamic changes of the forearm and shoulder muscles of males and females following experimental computer work
- Biochemical characteristics of the trapezius muscle
- Multivariate modelling of trapezius muscle proteins related to myalgia
- Biomarkers in blood and microdialysis tests in the case of work-related muscle pain