Desk-ercize to Relieve Pain and Stress

When people think of a work-related injury, they imagine it happens in a factory setting or on a construction site, but in reality, injuries can happen in all types of industries. While certain jobs can be more tasking on the body, simple things such as sitting in an office chair for 40 hours a week can be just as bad, especially long term. Staying in the same position or having poor posture can cause or worsen conditions such as musculoskeletal disorders. Other issues can include neck or shoulder pain, obesity, stress, and carpal tunnel. To avoid these conditions, practice these simple stretches at your desk to keep you healthy and limber.

Triceps Stretches:

  1. Raise your arm up and bend it behind your back so your palm touches the base of your neck.
  2. Use your other hand to pull your elbow toward your head.
  3. Hold for 30 seconds.
  4. Repeat on the other side.

Overhead Stretch

  1. Extend one arm up and reach to the opposite side.
  2. Hold for 30 seconds.
  3. Repeat on the other side.

Shoulder Stretch

  1. Clasp your hands behind back.
  2. Push your chest up and raise your chin.
  3. Hold for 30 seconds.

Torso Stretch

  1. Plant your feet firmly on the ground, facing forward.
  2. Place your arm on the back of the chair and twist your body in the direction of the arm.
  3. Hold for 30 seconds.
  4. Repeat on the other side.

Hamstring Stretch

  1. While sitting, extend one leg out.
  2. Reach for your toes.
  3. Hold for 30 seconds.
  4. Repeat on the other side.

Neck Stretches

  1. Relax your body and lean your head forward.
  2. Slowly roll your head to one side and hold for a few seconds.
  3. Repeat on each side three times.

Following these stretches improves your range of motion and posture and can even provide stress relief. Taking a few breaks during the day to relieve discomfort can also increase productivity. Remember to contact the Vereen Center today for all your stretching needs!