While working in an office may not seem high risk, the reality is that the sedentary work day can bring with it a host of potential health concerns. Beyond the increased risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and diabetes, sitting hunched over a desk all day can lead to a host of chiropractic issues that can leave you with shoulder, neck, and head pain. In his Denver, CO offices, Dr. Bryan Foss will be able to examine you, listen to your concerns, and offer solutions to address your unique needs.
Between your chiropractic visits to Botha Chiropractic in Denver, CO, you can ensure that you are doing your part to keep your body and mind healthy. There are a number of great and easy stretches that can be done in the office setting.
Those who work at desks tend to hunch forward over the keyboard. This can lead to tightness in the shoulders and neck. Headaches and radiating pain in your arms and wrists can soon follow. Chest stretches can help to alleviate some of these concern.
A resistance band is a great tool to have on hand for deep chest muscle stretches, but not all of us keep them in our office desks. To get the same results, lace your fingers together behind you, and stretch your arms up a few inches.
You can also stretch your arms straight to your side, until you feel the stretching in your chest and back muscles.
Alternatively, you can use a doorway. Secure your forearms on each side of the doorway and slowly press your body forward until you are able to feel the chest muscles stretching. At your next appointment, Bryan Foss, DC, can demonstrate the safe way to do this stretch.
Neck tightness is a common chiropractic concern. Sitting at your desk, hold the right arm of your chair with your right hand, and slowly tilt your head toward the left. You will feel the muscles stretching down the right side of your neck. Hold this stretch for up to 20 seconds, and then repeat on the other side.
Shrug those Shoulders
As you know, your shoulders and your neck tend to bear the brunt of tension and physical stress from an office and desk position. Most of us likely hunch over a lot more than we pay attention to, which can lead to tight, tense and painful shoulders.
Shrugs are actually a great way to get the blood flowing, and to ease some of the tension you are carrying. Do them standing or seating. Simply roll your shoulders up, and squeeze them. Hold them in place for a count of 2, and lower them down again. You can also roll your shoulder forward, to get good all-over stretching.
Be sure to keep up with your chiropractic appointments. Dr. Bryan Foss will adjust your neck, and align your spine, to offer you plenty of relief for the pain you may be feeling. Dr. Foss can also provide you with additional information about office stretches that you can do.