Sitting at your desk all day can literally be a pain in the neck. I can always tell when I’ve spent a lot of time sitting and typing during the work week. By the end of the week, my shoulders are creeping up around my ears and to complete my horrible posture, I start to hunch, and my shoulders feel like they turn to concrete. Not good.
It all comes down to anatomy and how muscles like the trapezius and the pectoralis minor create a negative domino effect. A tight torso leads to slouching shoulders which in turn batters your back. This leads to all kinds of extra complications including nasty headaches.
There are a couple things you can do to help yourself out:
- Make sure your desk and chair are set up for you. Is your computer monitor at the right height? Giving yourself the benefit of an ergonomically-friendly work station is always a good thing.
- Don’t stay sitting all day. Stretch it out a bit when you do things like get your coffee/tea/water refills.
- Be conscious of your posture. Don’t be your own worst enemy and accept your poor posture since that is something you will likely regret.
- Get a message.
- Take up yoga and attend regularly.
- Have a relaxing weekend!