Relieving Neck Strain at Work
After eight months of eight-hour days stationed at a desk, I’m feeling the effects. Some days my lower back aches. Other afternoons my eyes randomly blur. But the worst is a stiff neck, and I’ve had enough. Bring on the stretches!
If you’re in the same boat, whether from sitting at a desk or standing behind a counter all day, here’s what medical experts at the Mayo Clinic suggest you do to keep your neck ache from ruining your day.
Start by lowering your chin to your chest while keeping your shoulders nice and straight. Hold the stretch for 15 to 30 seconds. You might feel tension in the back of your neck, but that’s okay. Slowly return your chin to the starting position.
Next, rotate your head to one side (so that you’re looking to the person next to you) while keeping your shoulders nice and straight. Hold the stretch for 15 to 30 seconds. You may feel tension in the side of your neck and your shoulder, but continue. Slowly return to the starting position. Turn your head to the other side and repeat the stretch.
Next, tilt your head so that you’re moving your ear toward your shoulder. Be careful not to raise your shoulder to your ear. You might feel tension in the side of your neck, but hold the stretch for 15 to 30 seconds. Slowly return your head to the starting position. Now, tilt the other ear to the other shoulder, and repeat the stretch.
When your coworkers look at you strangely, just send them this video. They’ll thank you.