Headaches at work? 3 simple exercises every desk worker should know
Why do we get headaches from sitting at the computer?
Headaches often result from poor posture at your work station - rounded shoulders, short and tight muscles at the base of the skull and a jammed upper back.. sound familiar?
Osteopaths call this 'upper-crossed syndrome' and it describes a pattern where the muscles at the front of the chest get short and tight; the muscles of the upper back get weak and lengthened.. the knock on affect is tight muscles in the shoulders and at the top of the neck. These tight neck muscles at the base of the skull, your suboccipitals, are usually the main culprit in many patients of mine with headaches.
Easy as 1.. 2.. 3!
So how can we start to correct this? Heres a few exercises that can help you on your way to better posture:
1) Pec stretch - stretch out the front of the chest by putting your forearm against a doorframe - make sure your elbow is in line with your shoulder, then take a small step forward and twist your body away from the arm. Hold this stretch for at least 30 seconds to really open up the chest! if there's any pinching in the shoulder, try the stretch with your hand against the doorframe instead of the forearm and straighten out the arm.