Sitting in front of a computer and a smart phone every day can wreak havoc on your body, especially since most of us don’t have the best posture.
Hunching the shoulders and slumping in your seat can cause neck pain and back pain, headaches, tension, and tightness in your back, neck, and shoulders.
Studies show that regular stretching can help reduce neck and shoulder pain and they also show that regular breaks to stand and stretch increases productivity at the office.
Not only do you reduce pain and tension, but those flexibility breaks allow your eyes to rest and your entire body to feel more comfortable.
The following flexibility exercises are designed for office workouts with an emphasis on the neck, back, shoulders, hips, and glutes. Do them as often as you can and you’ll notice less tightness and maybe even more productivity.
Neck pain is a growing problem with the infiltration of technological advances: resulting in increased incidents of neck pain and injuries and wreaking havoc to people’s quality of life.
WHAT IS ‘TEXT NECK’?
Text neck refers to the partially flexed neck position that our handheld devices have caused us to regularly adopt.
Sustained neck flexion will result in a muscular imbalance whereby the muscles on the front of the neck develop dominance over the muscles on the posterior aspect (back) of the neck. With computers, TV’s and now phones drawing our attention to the front of our body, we need to be aware and actively counter balancing to avoid any neck injuries resulting from the anterior muscular dominance.
HOW DO I PREVENT AND MANAGE TEXT NECK?
- Avoid High Risk Situations – Every individual has their own unique “high risk situations” for poor neck posture. Some of the most common ones when neck posture is compromised include: texting, using mobile apps, using the computer, reading, driving etc.)
- Take Regular Breaks – Try to avoid looking at your phone or handheld device for a long consecutive block of time. Look up from time to time to give your neck a break.
- Actively Strengthen The Posterior Neck Muscles – It’s always important to seek individualised exercise advice with regards to neck strengthening due to the intricate nature of the neck anatomy. Posterior neck muscles are less often activated during activities of daily living so taking some time out to counteract the effects of handheld devices is vital.
- Be Proactive – Neck pain does not discriminate, even the strongest, most active people rarely give their neck enough attention. If you think you are at risk of neck pain or injury take some time to stretch and strengthen the neck musculature to prevent complications down the line.
Remember: Awareness of neck position, high risk situations and appropriate strengthening/stretching exercises can prevent many neck issues.
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Did you know…
Healthy employees are 3 times more productive than employees with poor health
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