Prolonged sitting at a desk or computer terminal can cause muscular tension and pain. But, by taking a five minute break to do a series of stretches, your whole body can feel better and so can any back ache and neck pain. It’s also helpful to learn to stretch spontaneously, throughout the day, stretching any particular area of the body that feels tense for a minute or two. This will help greatly in reducing and controlling unwanted tension and pain.
Here are 8 easy stretches you can try at your desk.
1️⃣Seated spinal rotation: While seated, cross your arms over your chest and grab your shoulders. Rotate your upper body from the waist, turning gently from left to right as far as you can. You should feel a tension on both side of your lower back as it stretches out.
2️⃣Posterior shoulder stretch: Hold one arm across your body. Pull your elbow into your chest. You should feel your shoulder gently stretching.
3️⃣Shoulder shrugs: Gently lift your shoulders then let them slowly fall. You should feel tension being released as your shoulders drop.
4️⃣Sitting back extensions: Sit straight with your feet together. Put the palms of your hands into the small of your back. Lean back over your hands, feeling your lower back stretch out.
5️⃣Neck rotations: Keep your head upright. Gently turn your head from side to side. As you turn your head, try to move it past your shoulder. You should feel the muscles on the outside of your neck gradually stretching.
6️⃣Upper shoulder and neck stretch: Sit on one hand. Tilt your head away from the hand you’re sitting on.Tilt your head slightly forward, towards your shoulder. You should feel the muscles in your neck and shoulder being stretched. Change sides, and repeat.
7️⃣Shoulder extension-one: Stand up and stretch your arms out behind you. Clasp your hands together and gently lift your arms. You should feel the pressure in your shoulders ease off.
8️⃣Shoulder extension–two: Hold both arms above your head. Link your hands with your palms facing upwards. Reach as high as possible. You should feel your shoulders stretching.
Other ways to look after your health if you sit at your desk all day
In addition to stretching and correct posture, regular massage can help prevent the aches and pains caused by prolonged periods of sitting.
Are you a business owner? Maiya Therapy also provides well days, and massage on-site at with experienced therapists at affordable prices. Remember a healthy and happy workforce is a productive workforce.
Contact us now on email@example.com for more information.
To read more about stretching at your desk go to: https://bit.ly/2MFS07I