Fix It: Neck Pain and Tension
“By looking down at a computer, laptop or phone for extended periods of time, it places extra strain on our neck muscles which leads to increased pain and tension in our neck,” says Dr. Erica Bell with Loehr. To avoid this kind of pain, simply raise your computer, laptop or phone to eye level and sit with proper posture while working.
Try This Stretch
To help relieve the tension felt in your neck, Bell suggests dropping your left ear to your left shoulder and letting your right arm hang completely at your side. Using your opposite hand, gently place pressure on the side of your head to further stretch your neck. Hold that for about 30 seconds and then repeat on the opposite side. Repeat as often as necessary. Click here for a visual.
Add This to Your Home Office
Standup desks (starting at $650) are all the rage right now, and for good reason. For starters, they allow you to ditch that office chair all together and work standing up, which for some people is a dream. But the adjustable height also means you can raise or lower your desk as needed even if all you need is a little more legroom. That’s the feature Victoria Gorham, sales manager at Grooms loves the most. “We’ve all heard and understand that to minimize fatigue and promote healthy blood flow, a sit-to-stand desk is critical,” Gorham says. “But in my opinion, a sit-to-stand desk is great for one reason: We are not all the same shape and heights, so why should our desks be? I can shape shift from my flat-footed 5’4” to 5’7” when I wear my favorite work heels. If I can adjust my chair to accommodate my height, why shouldn’t I be able to also adjust my desk?”