if you’re reading this, then you definitely spend at least a little time each day on the computer, right? you’ve probably noticed how tight and uncomfortable your neck, shoulders and upper back get when you spend a lot of time at the computer. so tight that you swear you couldn’t even sit up straight if you tried.
humans weren’t really designed to spend hours on end sitting stationary at a desk. our structure evolved to dynamically respond to a full range of movements so we might easefully walk, run, swim, squat, lift, carry or climb as part of our regular day. nowadays, many of us spend 8 hours or more sitting, staring, squinting, texting, mousing, typing and sitting some more.
one of the easiest ways to combat the stiffness and tension that comes with a day of sitting is simply to move. get up! roll your shoulders around! grab a glass of water! if you’re able, roll like a ball on the floor! even small movements will begin to unglue stuck tissues (especially the fascia) and introduce fresh blood & oxygen into your muscles.
in order to undo the classic posture that creeps into the body after long hours at the computer, try this easy stretch everyday at your desk. this stretch targets the scalene muscles. when tight, these puppies tend to pull your head forward and down, crunching up the back of your neck and creating “forward head posture.” this takes less than 5 minutes and you’ll notice a difference right away!