I’ve been seeing my chiropractor for about eight weeks now. I could kiss his feet each time I see him. If constantly suffer migraines you’d understand that finding a cure would be worth a bit of toe-kissing. Plus he’s a splendid guy who gives me a big hug when I visit his office and the ladies on the front desk are always so darned cheerful, I can’t help but leave in a good mood.
I’ve been suffering from chronic headaches and migraines for a number of years now. I know what causes it– stress, my laptop (sad face), my phone (even sadder face). Apparently it’s all in the neck. Keeping tension in the neck causes all sorts of issues: joint pain, backaches, headaches, etc. Who would have known!
If you’re a frequent laptop user, perhaps you share my pain. Here’s four stretches my Doc taught me to relieve laptop neck.
Remember: U. Will. Love. This.
1) U: Take a break from your laptop and stand straight! Hold your arms up in the shape of a U. You will look like a wolly but it will feel fantastic in the long-run. Squeeze your shoulder blades together and hold for ten seconds squeezing like mad.
2) Will. Second move. Keep standing. Now put your arms in the shape of a W. Your elbows should be by your rib cage and your fingertips by your shoulders – like you have chicken wings. Push the shoulder blades again, hold for 10 squeezing like mad. Release! Ah……
3) Love. This time hold your arms out as an L shape. Your elbows will be at your rib cage again, but this time your arms will be at a right angle. Squeeze again.
4) This. You guessed it, arms now out in the shape of a T, like you’re about to flap away. But not before you squeeze. Squeeze your shoulder blades together as hard as possible, release all that desk-bound tension! Done. Easy. Just repeat daily!
U. Will. Love. This. Isn’t it cute? And I do, because it’s simple, easy to remember, and will keep the neck pain in check, whilst rehabilitating. Pair this with a top chiro and you’ll escape the worst of laptop neck.
Bonus Tip: If you must use a laptop, get a stand to prop it to eye level. That will help alleviate the pressure at the back of the neck.
Second Bonus Tip: THE SHOULDER ROLL. On each coffee (or tea, if you’re that kind of person) break, roll your shoulders forward for 10 and back for 10. Doing this throughout the day helps loosen the tension – it adds up!
This post was first published on Executive Lifestyle – http://www.executivelifestyle.sg/4-easy-stretches-laptop-neck/