If you’re reading this you’re (very likely) sitting at a computer, and have done/will be doing so for a large chunk of today. You likely sit in the same position allllllll day, and I promise it’s not contributing to muscle looseness. Fear not office warrior! Stretching your body at regular intervals, no matter where you are, is the best way to combat muscle tightness. Plus it just feels good!
Before you get too stretch happy, there are a couple of things to keep in mind: start slowly, breathe normally and try to relax. You’ll want to hold each stretch for 15-20 seconds, and be sure to stretch both sides!
Finger and Hand: Place your hands flat on your desk, palms down. Actively stretch your hands while spreading your fingers apart until you feel a stretch. Repeat 5 to 10 times.
Wrist: Sit up straight in your chair. Lift one arm straight out at shoulder height with your palm facing upward. Gently grab your fingers with your other hand. Slowly stretch the fingers of your straight arm back towards you. Repeat 5 to 10 times.
Shoulders/triceps: We’ll use a visual here. Be sure to switch sides!
Spine Twist: Again, a visual aid seems easiest.
For more information about stretches to do in the office, ask any of our physical therapists. They can help you get back to loose and limber by teaching you the right ways to stretch.