After a long, stressful day at work, the absolute last thing that you want to deal with is any sort of tension or pain in your back, yet we all know that back pain is a pretty common issue that most of us have dealt with at some point or another as a result of a strained posture at work. Most of us do end up spending a large portion of our workdays sitting in one position in a chair, working at a desk with very little ergonomic support, if there even is any at all. This is why it really is so important for all of us to place a strong focus on improving back health while in the workplace. After all, more and more doctors of chiropractic are finding that their patients are coming in with back pain and stiffness as a direct result of improper posture and lack of movement at the workplace.
As someone who experiences occasional back pain from hunching over a computer screen as well, I was really glad to come across a post by Care 2 that provides some helpful hints and tips on how to relieve tension and improve flexibility in the back and spine, even while spending large amounts of time sitting in cramped spaces, such as an office cubicle. I am happy to share what I learned in the article here with you.
You can start by performing this simple stretch right in your chair at your desk. This first stretch in particular is fantastic for stretching the spine and loosening the neck and shoulders to relieve pain in the area. In your chair, make sure your feet are both planted firmly on the floor. Inhale deeply and lengthen your head to the ceiling; it may help to imagine a long string pulling you up from the top of your head. Exhale and twist to your right side slowly as you bring your left hand to the outside of your right leg. Now place your right hand on the left side of the back of your seat. Let your head follow the direction of your spine so that your eyes are gazing beyond the back of the seat. Inhale and come back to a neutral center position. Repeat on the other side.
It is also a good idea to take frequent breaks if you can by getting up to take a lap around the office. You should also try to take your lunch break outside and go for a brisk walk if you have the time.
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