The prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) such as neck and shoulder pain is high in computer users (Cook, Burgess-Limerick, & Chang, 2000; Griffiths, Mackey, Adamson, & Pepper, 2012; Mohammad, Hamza, & ElSais, 2015; Mohan, Justine, Jagannathan, Bt Aminudin, & Bt Johari, 2015). Although much attention is given to reducing MSD through a range of workplace programs, our efforts have met with inconsistent outcomes (Brewer et al., 2006; Kennedy et al., 2010). Posture is considered to be an independent risk factor of modest magnitude for MSDs among computer users (Ariëns et al., 2001; Cote et al., 2009; Gerr, Marcus, & Monteilh, 2004). Given the relationship between posture and MSD, exploring new strategies to modify postural behaviour in computer users is warranted.
Submitted in the fulfilment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Science (Research), University of the Sunshine Coast, 2016.