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Stretching Your Health

Instead of stretching to reach the sugary snacks, stretch your muscles!

Instead of stretching to reach the sugary snacks, stretch your muscles!

 

It’s now 3:00pm and you’ve been at your desk all day. You’re debating if you want another cup of coffee to stay alert and keep you going, although what you’d really like to do is take a nap! Sound familiar? Revive your energy without caffeine – it’s time to do some desk stretches!

When we have been tensely sitting in front of a computer monitor for hours at a time, it’s not uncommon to find that our necks get sore, wrists start to hurt, we’ve slumped over in our chairs and our shoulders and upper backs feel tight.

Here are some stretches to do at your desk to reduce tension. Try them now:

Shoulder Stretch
Lift your shoulders up to your ears until you feel a slight tension in your neck and shoulders. Hold for 3-5 seconds and relax shoulders. Do this 2-3 times at first sign of shoulder or neck tension.

Lower Back Stretch
Place your hands on the edge of your desk and roll your chair back. Lower your head between your outstretched arms and arch your back while you exhale. Inhale, raise your head and arch your back in the other direction.

Neck Stretch
Tilt your head to one side, trying to touch your ear to your shoulder. Hold the stretch for 10-20 seconds and then return to normal. Repeat the stretch on the other side.

Spine Stretch
Raise arms over head. Stretch your right hand to the ceiling and hold for 3-5 seconds, while you exhale. Relax. Repeat with the left hand.

 

While they’ll never take the place of your chiropractic adjustments, doing these exercises as soon as you first notice the stress or tension from long periods of sitting or impeding deadlines, they will help to keep you alert without resorting to caffeine or a sugar fix.

 

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