Sitting for a long time, even with excellent posture, will leave you feeling stiff. The monotony of a long day at the office can be broken by a conscientious effort at stretching and periodic movement. Make it your routine at the top of the hour: set an alarm or put a sticky note on the edge of your screen. Do whatever it takes to remind yourself to get out of the chair.
Take a walk and grab some water and shake out your arms. Once you are back at the desk, you can use these stretches to reinvigorate your muscles and mind:
- Put one leg over the other and gently twist your body in the opposite direction.
- Practice neck flexion and extension, moving your chin down toward the chest and then up toward the ceiling.
- Bring your ears down toward your shoulders until you feel the stretch in the opposing side of the neck.
- Extend your arms outward and clasps your hands together with palms facing outward. Stretch by pushing your fingers against the backs of your hands. Repeat this same stretch overhead.
If your boss says anything, you can tell him that a quick stretch resets the body and relieves tension, which makes all the systems in your body work better, including the brain. At Family Chiropractic & Natural Healing Center, we are concerned with the amount of tension that accumulates in a working day. If these stretches present a problem, or you feel like your range of motion is limited, give our office in Milpitas a call at (408) 263-8025.
Dr. Gregory Lind, D.C.
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