Pain in the neck?!

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Do you go home at the end of each day with a headache, sore shoulders or  stiff neck? Is your lower back sore from hours spent sitting in an uncomfortable office chair?

Recently I have been seeing an increasing number of clients with pain linked to the fact that they spend hours every day hunched over a computer, mobile phone or ipad. Even if you don’t work in an office we are all guilty of spending too much time bent over a device of some sort or another. This distorted and static posture can cause neck and shoulder pain, headaches, tingling and numbness in the arms and fingers, repetitive strain injuries and low back pain.

If you feel like your achey hunched shoulders are almost touching your ears and you neck is stiff and painful or if  you have tingling or numbness in your arms and hands, or a sore lower back clinical massage can really help. I meet many clients who have resigned themselves to living with the pain or discomfort as they think that there is nothing that can be done.  However none of these symptoms are necessarily irreversible and often a series or treatments combined with some simple stretches can make a huge difference.

There is plenty that you can do for yourself on a daily basis to try to prevent these symptoms occurring. BUT the key is actually doing them! We all know that we should get up and take a break from our phones or computers at regular intervals but so often we don’t. So I challenge you to do the stretches below at least twice a day and see if you feel better. In fact stop reading this and do it right now!  Go on you know you want to.  If you feel silly doing it alone in the office get your colleagues involved.  Stop what you are doing for 5 minutes and all have a good old stretch!

I’m off to do mine now……

Office stretches

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