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Morning coffee eases office pains

Drinking a cup of coffee with breakfast can reduce pain triggered by spending hours at a computer at your workplace, a new study has claimed.

health and fitness Updated: Sep 07, 2012 00:13 IST

Drinking a cup of coffee with breakfast can reduce pain triggered by spending hours at a computer at your workplace, a new study has claimed.

Researchers from the University of Oslo found that coffee can lower office-related twinges and aches as caffeine is thought to stimulate receptors responsible for blocking pain, the Daily Mail reported.

In the study, volunteers who undertook 90 minutes of intensive screen-based work without a break suffered fewer aches and pains in their neck, shoulders, arms and wrists if they downed a coffee before going to office.

The team recruited 48 full-time office workers who were told they could drink coffee with their breakfast but to limit it to one cup.

Although both drinkers and non-drinkers experienced pain in their shoulders, neck, arms and wrists during 90 minutes of computer tasks, coffee consumers reported much lower levels of discomfort.

“The results revealed a significantly lower increase in pain development for the subjects who had consumed coffee,” researchers were quoted as saying.