Get Rid of Neck & Shoulder Tension with These Simple Moves
Working at a desk or computer all day can leave you stiff, uncomfortable,
and in pain. If it persists, such pain can keep you from sleeping, exercising,
remaining productive, and enjoying your life. Whether you’re trying
to avoid stiffness or seeking to reduce your current level of discomfort
at work, there are a few stretches that may help.
Next time you start feeling pain in your neck or shoulders at work, try
out these 3 stretches:
Spinal twist: Spinal flexibility is key to remaining as youthful, energetic, and active
as possible. While you may not be able to avoid the fact that your job
requires you to remain seated or spend time on a computer, you can keep
it from causing you to stiffen up. Next time you’re at your desk
chair, sit up straight and turn sideways in your seat. With your feet
planted on the floor, gently turn your shoulders so that they are parallel
to the back of your chair.
Forward fold: Lower back pain is one of the top complaints among working adults in America.
However, most people don’t know that lower back pain often originates
elsewhere, such as in the hamstrings, which tighten up during prolonged
periods of sitting and pull on the lower back muscles. This lower back
pain can lead to overcompensation in the upper body and poor posture,
which can directly cause neck and shoulder pain as well. You can keep
your lower body loose by standing up straight, planting your feet firmly
on the ground, bending forward from the hips, and allowing your arms to dangle.
Neck rolls: This is perhaps one of the easiest neck and shoulder stretches out there,
but it must be done with great caution. Sit up straight, pull your chin
to your chest, and slowly roll your head to either side as if you are
trying to touch your ears to your shoulders.
Physical therapy may be more effective if your neck or shoulder pain is
disrupting your life. Meeting with an experienced physical therapist will
help you reduce your pain, identify the cause, and develop a plan to prevent
future discomfort and injury.
Suffering from Repetitive Stress Injuries Related to Your Desk Job? We Can Help.
At ProFysio Physical Therapy, we provide physical therapy for injuries
of all kinds, including those that develop through office work, such as
carpal tunnel, shoulder tightness, and neck pain. If your job requires
you to work on a computer or remain seated for long hours at your desk,
be sure to keep an eye out for signs of repetitive stress injuries and
act to counter the effects as soon as possible. Reach out to one of our
Aberdeen physical therapists and schedule your complimentary consultation.
Call (732) 333-6360 or
contact us online today to get started.