Do you get up from your desk with a stiff neck and tingling arms? This could be a sign that you are suffering from desk fatigue. This new postural problem is becoming much more common as so many workers spend hours at a time sat in one position at a desk. The fixed posture puts a strain on muscles and joints which, in turn, causes symptoms of stiffness and pain.
The treatment for this new condition is gentle and regular exercise. However, you also need to ensure that you are sitting correctly at your desk and that you are maintaining a good working posture.
Sitting correctly at next day Office Desks
High quality next day Office Desks can help to alleviate aches and pains if you use them correctly. There are three exercises that you should do when you are sat at your desk. The exercises will gently stretch your muscles, ligaments and joints and will prevent musculo-skeletal wear and tear which leads to pain. Each exercise should be completed twice during the working day.
- Exercise to release and relax tension in the shoulders. If it is possible to stand up whilst carrying out this exercise it will work better but it can be carried out in a seated position if necessary. Start by standing or sitting up tall to stretch the spine. Reach both arms behind you and clasp your hands at the base of your spine. Gently push your hands downwards and breathe in slowly. This will relax the shoulders and open up the chest. Repeat five times as you take five slow, deep breaths. Then relax and release your hands.
- Exercise to improve neck mobility. Start by sitting tall. Gradually and gently, turn your head as far as you can to the right and hold for 20 seconds whilst breathing slowly. Then turn your head to the left and hold for another 20 seconds. Do not force your neck to twist further than is comfortable. Then tilt your right ear towards your right shoulder. Hold for 20 seconds and breathe slowly. Tilt your left ear towards your left shoulder and hold once again. Whilst you are moving your neck, maintain your torso in an upright, forward facing position for maximum stability.
- Posture check. As you return to work after completing the above exercises complete a posture check before you become engrossed in another office task. Think about the position of your feet – they should be flat on the floor. Check that your elbows are close to your sides and are bent at slightly more than 90 degrees.
By performing this simple exercise routine you can eliminate stiffness and aches and pains caused by prolonged periods at your desk.
Make exercise and posture a priority
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