Desk Stretches to Help Ease Pain & Discomfort!

 In Corporate Wellness

Sitting at your desk all day and staring at your computer screen can be quite painful. Our bodies are simply not designed to sit. When we sit for too long day in and day out, a multitude of health problems begin to develop. One of the first signs that our bodies give us to tell us the we have been sitting too long is muscle pain and tension. The biggest problem areas tend to be neck & shoulder pain, low back pain, and sciatica (where pressure on the Sciatic Nerve shoots radiating pain down your leg). Below are our top 7 desk stretches to help ease the pain and discomfort:

  • Chest Stretch – Clasp hands behind your head, drive your elbows back, look up at the ceiling, hold and breath deeply. Hold for 10-15 seconds at a time and repeat as needed. 

    chest-stretch

  • Tricep Stretch – Reach your left arm up, bend your elbow, and then grab that elbow with your right hand. Pull your elbow back until you feel gentle stretching. Hold for 10-15 seconds and repeat on other arm. 

    tricep-stretch

  • Lat Stretch – Reach both arms up over your head, clasp your hands together, and lean to your right. Hold and breath deeply for 10-15 seconds. Repeat leaning to your left for 10-15 seconds.

    lat-stretch

  • Shoulder Stretch – Cross your left arm across your body. Use your right hand to pull your left elbow in towards you body until you feel a gentle stretch. Hold for 10-15 seconds and switch arms and repeat.

    shoulder-stretch

  • Hamstring Stretch – Sit on the edge of your chair and straighten your left leg out. Flex your foot so only your heel is touching the ground. Reach as far forward as you can until you feel a stretch in your hamstring. Hold for 10 – 15 seconds and repeat with your right leg. 

    hamstring-stretch

  • Spinal Twist – Sit tall in your chair. Twist to your left and grab the back of your chair with your left hand. Hold for 10-15 seconds, breath deeply, and repeat by twisting to the right. 

    spinal-twist

  • Cradle Stretch – Sit at the edge of your chair. Cross your left ankle on to the top of your right knee. If you do not feel a stretch from this position, lean forward to feel a deeper stretch. Hold 10-15 seconds and switch legs. 

cradle-stretch

A Stronger Workplace is a Corporate Wellness company in Atlanta, Georgia. A Stronger Workplace’s mision is to help companies be more productive and more efficient by educating and motivating employees to live a healthier lifestyle. A Stronger Workplace’s service include Workplace Wellness Programs, Lunch & Learns, Office Fitness Challenges, and Online Personal Training. Please contact Megan@astrongerworkplace.com for more information!

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