Sitting at a desk for long hours or repeating the same motions over and over can cause pain and injury. Keep reading to learn some simple stretches that you can perform at school or in the office to help keep your body flexible and healthy. Be sure to see an orthopedist if you have persistent pain.
One of the most important things about stretching at school or work is simply remembering to do it. Breaking up the workday or school day with walking and stretching promotes flexibly and helps you maintain a healthy weight. Orthopedists recommend setting an alarm on your computer, phone, or watch to help remind you to get up and move or stretch once an hour.
Try These Stretches
There are several easy and quick stretches that you can do to help break up your day and keep your body healthy and strong. Consider the following simple stretches and talk to your orthopedist if you have specific needs you’d like to address.
While you’re brainstorming, talking on the phone, or even waiting for a meeting to start, try standing up and sitting down a few times without using your hands to promote circulation and strength in your legs.
Shrug your shoulders and try shaking your head back and forth slowly for a few moments. This will help release neck and back tension.
Twist your torso slowly and carefully all the way to one side, trying to hold the back of your chair with one hand and the arm of the chair with the opposite hand. Hold for a few seconds and then repeat this stretch on the other side for flexibility in your back and torso.
For more stretches and ways to keep your body healthy and flexible, speak to the orthopedic specialists at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine of NYC . Our orthopedic surgeons and staff are dedicated to helping you live a healthy and pain-free life so you can enjoy work and play. To learn more about us, visit us online or call (866) 650-8063.