Tip Of The Day!

24 Mar

A new way to stretch out back pain
(from BEST HEALTH @ sympatico.ca)

Working at a desk all day can be hard on your back. Sitting puts more pressure on your back than any other position, To help ease some of that tension, making adjustments to the way you sit, such as keeping our knees in line with your hips and turning with your whole body rather than at the waist. While adjustments might not protect back pain entirely, they might help relieve some pressure on your back.

Step 1
Before you begin, attach a cushion to your chair so that it hits you at mid-back, below the shoulder blades.

Step 2
Sit with your bottom all the way back in the chair.

Step 3
Lean forward from the hips and tilt your ribcage forward, as if you are doing a mini-crunch.

Step 4
Hold the armrests or side bars on your chair and, while still tilted forward, press against them to get a gentle stretch in your lower back.

Step 5
Keeping the stretch, lean back from your hips and press your mid-back on to the cushion.

Step 6
Come out of the mini-crunch and relax completely, letting the cushion keep you in mild traction.

Step 7
Roll each shoulder back and rest your hands close in to your body.

Step 8
Angle your chin down slightly, letting the back of your neck be long

Because sitting at a desk can be painful, make sure you pick up the right cushion for your back. Places like Wal-Mart or any bedding store should do the trick. It is also wise to pick up the right chair! So here are some links on how and where you can purchase the perfect chair.

Finding the perfect Office Chair

Chair Reviews

Chairs for Posture

Tru Comfort

(I found this site most useful)
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Stretch Out Your Pain – IN PICTURES!


3 Responses to “Tip Of The Day!”

  1. Stacey March 25, 2010 at 12:28 am #

    Thanks! I’m going to try these tips. My neck and back are always hurting when I leave work.

    • Fit For A Shopaholic March 26, 2010 at 3:30 am #

      Glad it could help!

      Some people it’s just the way they sit (which is a huge factor), but you also have to think of the chair!

  2. tripplex5663 February 2, 2011 at 7:41 pm #

    Excellent post. I want to thank you for this informative read, I really appreciate sharing this great post. Keep up your work. Loveland CO Chiropractor Loveland CO Chiropractic

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