Staying in one position throughout the day can be a pain in the neck. Maintaining prolonged postures stresses soft tissues and may lead to fatigue-related injuries or pain. To avoid this, incorporate gentle stretches and strengthening exercises throughout the day to combat overuse injuries. Below are some examples of exercises that can be easily performed at work to avoid such injuries:
· Upper trapezius stretch (30 second holds)
· Seated cross-leg stretch (30 second holds)
· Shoulder rolls (10 repetitions)
· Wall angels (10 repetitions)
· Pelvic tilts (10 repetitions)
Other ideas to avoid fatigue include taking walks throughout the day and resting your eyes from computer screens for 10-15 seconds every 30 minutes. Several factors contribute to overuse injuries, such as posture and workplace setup. If you are experiencing any pain, consult your doctor or make an appointment with one of our therapists to create an individualized exercise program for you!
Check back on Thursday for part 2!