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Take a Break For a Quick Stretch

Sydney Beagle, RMT demonstrating lateral neck stretch

Sitting at a desk for long hours can cause muscles in the neck and shoulders to become tense. Upper trapezius and levator scapulae are the two most common muscles that ‘cramp’ up or develop myofascial trigger points.

Here is a quick stretch you can do while seated at your desk:
Bring your head towards your chest and slightly rotate to one side. Use your hand on the same side to grab the base of your skull on the opposite side. Pull gently sideways until a pain free stretch is felt. Play around with the rotation a bit to target the different fibres and find the ‘sweet spot’. To increase the stretch intensity, try to lower your shoulder to the ground.

This can prevent tension headaches and neck pain from occurring after a long day at the office.

Try this twice a day, holding for 30 seconds on each side, and you should feel a world of difference!

Have a great day,
Sydney Beagle, RMT

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