Neck pain and stiffness are common complaints among office workers and the pandemic made it all worse. The fact is that whether you’re hunched over your desk or looking down at your laptop from the comfort of your sofa (we see you — don’t worry, it’s our secret), poor posture strains your neck muscles. The good news is, you can fix it. Here’s how.
When it comes to ergonomics, any expert worth their salt will tell you to make sure your chair has the right height adjustments, with your torso and head in a straight line. Ideally, your shoulders should sit almost directly above your hips.
The right workstation is a huge factor in preventing neck pain and stiffness — but it’s not just down to the chair. No matter how state-of-the-art your desk set-up is, it doesn’t always stop the slouch. It’s time to look beyond the furniture and into your own body.
A neck flexion stretch is done by lowering your chin towards your chest, helping you maintain neck stability and good posture. Plus, it’ll give a sweet release when done properly:
If you’ve ever felt neck pain and stiffness sitting at your desk, your natural instinct is to stretch your neck sideways. Here’s how to do it most effectively, tightening muscles and reducing pressure:
You can do this one sitting at your desk, or on a break. Try to stand up every hour, then enjoy this delicious stretch while you’re waiting for the kettle to boil.