Chiropractors are seeing an influx of patients complaining of neck and shoulder pain and the trend shows no signs of slowing down. Our society is connected through computers and the hours we spend hunched over our keyboards takes its toll on our bodies. Over time a body at rest just can’t fight gravity anymore and it begins to sag. Your shoulders and chest start rounding forward and your head moves forward at an uncomfortable angle. The upper back can become rounded and your lower back muscles grow weak.
While you may not be able to quit your job to save your shoulders, there are a few steps you can take to reduce the stress on your body. Yoga exercises are a great way to strengthen your body and relieve tension in your muscles. Here are 4 exercises that you can perform anywhere and anytime you need to dump some stress out of your body.
- Body awareness and breathing. Deep breathing is one of the best ways to reduce stress. If you spend a lot of time sitting, take a break a few times a day to breathe deeply from your diaphragm. While you’re breathing make sure to sit upright with your feet firmly on the floor. Repeat for about 10 good breaths and you’ll begin to notice an improvement in your stress level as well as your posture.
- If you have a little more time, a quick pec stretch may be in order. Stand beside a wall and place your right hand against the wall and your left hand on your right rib cage. Move your right hand slowly from 12:00 to 3:00 and pull the rib cage forward as you stretch. Hold for a few breaths and then repeat on your other side.
- Overhead stretch with a belt is an excellent stress buster. Holding a belt, hold your arms up over your head at about shoulder distance. Face your palms outward and then drop your chin to your chest a few times as you pull the strap above.
- The downward dog at the wall is another great tension releaser if you have a private office. Face a wall with your hands at the same height as your waist. Walk your feet back until you’re a few feet away from the wall and make sure your feet are under your hips. Then lift your back upwards as you push your hands into the wall. Repeat a few times to get the blood flowing.
Of course, you should consult your physician before trying any new stretching or exercising program, particularly if you have mobility problems. You only get one body in this lifetime so treat it right.
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