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In today’s blog post, we will talk more about stretching the chest in the office to help relieve neck pain.   

With our STRANGE new WORLD, I have to ask these questions to my patients so often now…

Are you working from home? 

Always in front of your computer for hours and hours each day?

When we’re NOT at our regular work station with the ergonomic chairs and desks we seem to experience back and neck pain much more commonly.

If that sounds like you then it’s a sign that you need to do something about it!

Find strategies to help ease that pain.

One of the most effective and easy ways to do that is to stretch the muscles in question. Well, at least it will help until you get to your therapist for their treatment skills!

But before we dive into that, let me first talk about why stretching your muscles is important.

Let’s begin knowing about Stretching the Chest in the Office to Help with Neck Pain…

Stretching the Chest in the Office to Help with Neck Pain

This encourages the muscle’s ability to stretch (increased elasticity) it also allows for a better resting tone for your muscles. That means they can feel softer when you’re not doing anything. 

Feel them now for me – grip your upper trapezius (neck/shoulder muscles), do they feel tight when you squeeze them? That can indicate poor resting tone, yet another indicator that they could do with a stretch. (Stretching the Chest in the Office to Help with Neck Pain)

With this in mind, we need to make sure that we regularly stretch those muscles to keep them strong, flexible, and healthy even when you’re just sitting around all day or have that cardio workout in your focus. Without stretching your muscles first, they would be short, less elastic, and tight. And when you make sudden, unmeasurable movements or do immediate heavy physical exercises, those activities can increase the chance of muscle strains and tears. This is why athletes and people who would do physical exercises go through full ranges of movement to warm the muscles and joints before workouts and take the time to stretch after their activities. They are trying to avoid injuries. 

So below are some of the benefits of stretching in our body:

  • Improve posture
  • Decrease back pain
  • Improve and prevent loss of range in motion
  • Prevent injury
  • Alleviate muscle tightness and tension
  • Decrease muscle soreness
  • Improve blood circulation
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More on Stretching the Chest in the Office to Help with Neck Pain…

Stretching also makes you feel good because this taps your parasympathetic nervous system which is responsible for the rest and digest system in our body. This system helps slow our heart rates, improves the motility of the gastrointestinal tract, and increases the production of the “good” hormones that repair the body.

Pretty amazing, right? 

So before you LAUNCH down in front of your computer or perhaps even now while you’re sitting and reading this article, why not make the decision and stretch those tired and exhausted tight muscles.

It literally takes only a few minutes; come on – I invite you to stretch and follow the steps that I’m gonna share with you on the video link or read and follow below!

For this purpose, we’re going to focus only on stretching your chest muscles to alleviate your neck and back pain.

So here are the steps you need to do to keep your neck and back healthy and free of pain.

  1. When you’re in front of your computer, place your hand palm on the side of your computer screen, twist your whole body to the side and place your other arm on the top of your chair. You would feel the tension in your chest muscle at this moment. Then finally turn your neck to the side away from your computer to stretch your neck and back.
  2. Repeat the first step but this time instead of the palm, use the back of your hand and do the same. At this moment you not only feel the tension in your chest muscle, neck, and back but also in your arms. This is perfect if you have been typing on your keyboard all day and your arms and hands are just sore.
  3. Use your other hand and repeat steps 1 and 2. 

After these steps, you would feel that your chest muscles, arms, neck, and back have been stretched and loosen a bit of tension that has grown over you while continuously working in front of your computer for hours.

For better results and relief for your neck and back pain, do these steps once or twice daily. 

That’s it for this article. I hope this helps give you RELEVANT tips to feel better and healthier while working from home.

Paula Nutting Director Your Musculoskeletal Specialist
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