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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-19-2003, 09:26 PM Thread Starter
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I am so stiff

from sitting in my fooking chair all day at work. I came home made supper, cleaned up, put those sweet angelic children to bed and then went for a walk to try and losen up. Didn't help much.

I'm still so tight in the head and neck and shoulders.

And what am I doing? Sitting in the chair reading SMs.

Anyone have any good stretching exercises or something to recommend?

I feel like if I could hang up side down and let my body hang it would feel sooo good.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-20-2003, 07:58 AM
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I know this is a little late, but this works for me.

Stand up straight, put your hands behind you back and lace your fingers together. Bend over slowly (head toward your knees) bringing your hands up behind you. Hold.

Hope your feeling better today.
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No help here, but it's a great question! I'm hoping some more ideas come up!
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I just try to move around as much as possible. If you have the time, you might look into a pilates or yoga class or video. That helped as well.

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my physical therapist has me do some of these...

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Here's what I have actors do at the beginning of a warm-up:

Stand with your legs shoulder-width apart, arms relaxed at your sides.

Let your head drop forward; don't *hold* it down, just let it fall normally.

Slowly "shrug" your shoulders up to your ears, hold them up, let them drop. Do this 4-5 times.

Throughout all of this, be aware of your breathing.

Slowly start to roll your head to one side; keep your chin pointing down. Again, you are not *holding* your head down, gravity is. Allow your head to roll in kind of a 1/2 circle from side to side. This is very slow.

After you've done several 1/2 circles, let your head start going all the way around. As your head tilts back, allow your jaw to fall open. It will do this naturally if you are allowing your jaw to relax.

Do this several times and then allow your head to come to rest in the front again.

Slowly, slowly, begin to roll down, as if you were going to touch your toes. Imagine your spine is curling as you go down. Go down as far as you can without pushing it, stay there for a few breaths, allowing your arms to just hang there. Then, slowly roll back up, as if you were stacking your vertebra on top of each other, with your head coming up last.

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WHOOPS!

You're supposed to do the shoulder shrugs BEFORE you drop your head! Sorry!
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Click here to enlarge with yoga or pilates. In the meantime, this is the smallest thing that makes a BIG difference...

One of the reasons why you get so tight by the end of the day is that you subconciously tense up when you are concentrating at work. So, if you make an effort to relax yourself as you work, there is much less strain on your muscles. For example, most of us grip the mouse tightly. There is no good reason to do this...it works just as well if your grip on it is light. Try using the mouse with your fingers loose. Then as you are working, stop for a second and notice your neck and shoulders. Are they tensed up? Breathe deeply and allow them to relax. Just by paying attention to these two small aspects of working, you can really ease the strain of sitting all day.

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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-21-2003, 05:59 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you all so much for the advice! I do yoga but haven't lately. I have been forcing myself to get up and move around.

I've printed out the exercises and I'm going to keep them at my desk. Kinda of a visual reminder.
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